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He's a Prince! Ted and Melissa

Hey Froggies,

Meet Melissa, a girl that met her boyfriend on eHarmony, and friend of mine from college. I reached out to Melissa about how she met her current Boo- she answered a few questions for me via email. She's known for her cheesecake brownies- she probably makes them for Ted!

Take notes, boys:

Who are you?

I’m Melissa, I’m an urban planner in Boston, but I’m originally from Maine. I’m 25.

Who is he?

He is Ted, a 27 year old high school science teacher and a card-carrying nerd.

Why did you decide to go on a date?

I decided to go on a date with him because he asked! But, I messaged him first, for which I will ALWAYS take credit. He was so discouraged about online dating that he was no longer sending messages to anyone.

What spoke to you in his profile?

I enjoyed his travel pictures, how happy he seemed in all these photos (his students call him Mr. Chuckles), and his responses to the eHarmony questions. I just had a sense of wanting to know more about him.

What did you talk about while you were messaging?

We talked about what we liked to do and our family and friends. Each message seemed to be better than the previous one. I was hoping he’d ask to meet me, and he did---two and a half weeks after I sent the first message.

What happened on your first date?

Our first date was at the Paramount on a Sunday morning. I was early. I waited in the very long line and saw him come through the door. He was tall, dark, and handsome, and dressed nicely in a button down shirt. I managed to say, “You must be Ted?” and prayed I didn’t look as nervous as I was.  During our date I spilled my drink all over our table, forgot everything he mentioned in our messages, including where he went to college, and earned a self-assessed D-. Somehow, he left thinking I was adorable and looking forward to the next date.

What are you guys doing now?

After dating for over a year in the same city, then doing long-distance for eight months, we’ll be living in the same city again in three weeks! We’re excited about our future together!