Something that not many people know (until now, I guess) is that Jorge and I met on the internet.
Today that’s not shocking at all, but just 5 years ago it wasn’t very common to meet your significant other online (online dating sites weren’t yet in full swing, and Facebook wouldn’t be popular for another 2 years), so we didn’t tell many people about it. Well, now the cat’s out of the bag. We had a few friends in common and went to neighboring universities, and we ended up chatting online as acquaintances around October 2006.
I started casually dating another guy around that the time, but he stood me up on a date one night in December. Needless to say I was feeling pretty down on myself, and I got online to see which friends were available to talk. I think it was late at night and my friend Jorge was the only person online, so I used him as a virtual shoulder to cry on.
From that night on, Jorge and I began chatting more and more as friends. He left for 2 weeks on vacation in late December, and I didn’t think much of it at the time. However, when I saw him online once he was back in Cancun, I remember feeling so happy to see his screen name pop up. I hadn’t realized that I’d missed talking to him.
In late January 2007, we made plans to meet up in person and hang out. Our meeting place was outside a church near where he lived.
From there, we walked to his parents’ house and watched the movie Nacho Libre together. One week and a few dates later, we had our first kiss and he asked me to be his girlfriend.
Long story short: Jorge and I are married now because some guy stood me up on a date 5 years ago.