It’s never too late to find that special someone.
Just ask Miriam Steiner, 93, and Harold Sharlin, 90, who met for a blind date last Sunday at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.
No, the two didn’t swipe right on Tinder. (Steiner, who doesn’t have a cellphone or an email address, actually asked if this reporter could mail her a link to this story). This was an old-fashioned setup engineered by Sharlin’s granddaughter, who waited on Steiner in a restaurant last week.
“My Jenny was so impressed with Miriam’s pep and vigor that she said, ‘You’d make a great date for my grandfather!'” Sharlin told TODAY.
“In the Jewish religion, we call that a ‘shadchan’ — a matchmaker,” added Steiner.
Steiner, a widow, hadn’t dated since losing her husband in 1999. “I loved him, and I didn’t look for anyone else after that,” she explained. “But I said, all right, what have I got to lose?”
Sharlin, who lost his own wife in 1998 and has dated on and off since, called the next day. The two made plans to meet for lunch at Politics & Prose, which is also a cafe, and favorite hangout of Sharlin’s.
Upon arrival, Steiner tipped off the info desk that she was meeting a date. After catching sight of the twosome, the smitten staff asked if they would be willing to pose for a photo. Sharlin and Steiner happily obliged before returning to their conversation.
“We spent the whole afternoon together,” said Sharlin.
“It was very pleasant,” added Steiner.
The photo, meanwhile, received thousands of shares on Facebook.
While the two aren’t sure if the relationship has a future, they’re both glad to have taken the chance to meet someone new.
“I’m a conversationalist,” said Sharlin. “I like to sit and talk. I like having a woman in my life.” (He did, however, insist that the term “lady-killer” would be a misnomer.)
And Steiner wasn’t surprised that others were so taken with their story. “It’s very unusual,” she said. “We’re both in our 90s. We’re both handicapped. Neither of us drive.
“It’s not easy, making connections as a senior,” she added. “But we need it. It’s up there with Medicare and Social Security. I hope people remember that.”
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