My blind date secret! 159



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In my late teens in the 1960s, I worked for a large government department in a typing pool with about twenty girls in it. Yes, I am that old. I started off with a manual typewriter and we had to type up an original and four carbon copies of every report or letter we did. I used to arrive home every night with black carbon marks on my sleeve. And don’t get me started on the woes of changing a typewriter ribbon. But I digress.

In those times in the typing pool, a blind date was a thing of ridicule. You were looked upon as desperate because you couldn’t find a man of your own, and had to rely on some other girl’s generosity to introduce you to her brother, her boyfriend’s mate etc.

Anyway, every year there was an annual ball and if you didn’t attend, you were socially ruined. It was then public knowledge that you couldn’t get yourself a date.

My girlfriend and I cringed when everyone else was discussing their ball gown etc. and we hadn’t even been asked. Well, our fear of missing out on the ball and the subsequent humiliation led us to contemplate a desperate plan: the blind date. She lined me up with the guy living across the road from her, and I lined her up with my cousin who had just broken up with his girlfriend.

We had a great time at the ball, and no-one ever knew our dark and deadly secret. We had attended in the company of our blind dates.

My cousin ended up going back to his girlfriend and I ended up marrying my blind date.

Does anyone else have a similar secret that they would care to share? Tell us below!

Margaret Tanner

Margaret Tanner is a multi-published award winning Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically accurate. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, or cemetery too overgrown. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia. As part of her research she has visited the World War 1 battlefields in France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience. Margaret is a member of the Melbourne Romance Writers Group (MRWG)

  1. I have friends who met through RSVP, an online dating site, and eventually married. Their first face-to-face meeting was like a kind of blind date, except they knew lots about each other from their online communications. These days unfortunately, unless each party knows someone one knows their blind date reasonably well, there is always an element of risk involved in blind dating, so please consider safety measures also.

  2. I met my husband online 2009, and married him 2013.
    There are many lovely mature men and women online.
    It is difficult to meet people the way one did in ones youth.

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