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Nonagenarians Meet For First Date

By Ashley Hume
Posted On May 01, 2016
Nonagenarians Meet For First Date

Age is really just a number, especially when it comes to looking for love! Just ask this elderly couple whose story went viral after a photo of their first date was posted on Facebook.

Both widowed, 90-year-old Harold Sharlin and 93-year-old Miriam Steiner were set up on a blind date by Harold’s granddaughter. Employees asked to photograph the couple who met for lunch at the Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC on April 17.

The staff was clearly touched by the pair’s outing. They captioned the photo, posted on the Politics & Prose Facebook page, saying, “We’re not crying. We just have something in our eye. :’). Harold and Miriam, both in their nineties, met for a blind first date at the bookstore on Sunday.”

The post quickly garnered thousands of likes and many positive comments. One commenter said that Miriam and Harold gave her hope. Some shared stories of other senior citizens they knew who found love later in life.

Harold’s granddaughter, Jenny met Miriam while waiting on her at a restaurant. Harold told Today.com, “My Jenny was so impressed with Miriam’s pep and vigor that she said, ‘You’d make a great date for my grandfather!”

Miriam hadn’t dated since her husband passed away in 1997, explaining that she loved him and wasn’t interested in looking for another partner. Before accepting the date with Harold, she told Today, “But I said, all right, what have I got to lose?”

Harold has dated on and off since losing his wife in 1998. He said, “I’m a conversationalist. I like to sit and talk. I like having a woman in my life.” He called Miriam the day after Jenny gave him her number. The two said they spent all afternoon together, and it was very pleasant.

While they aren’t sure if a future relationship is in the cards, both agreed they were happy they took the chance to meet. Miriam said, “”It’s not easy, making connections as a senior. But we need it. It’s up there with Medicare and Social Security. I hope people remember that.”

Anyone looking for love knows that it’s not always easy but keep in mind that finding a happy and fulfilling relationship is possible—at any age.