After the birth of my granddaughter a couple of years ago I was in the search for a gift for her. So decided to use twitter for my shopping experience as I had used before to great success. I came across @lullabybabygift website as Alison had been @Purpledognet Business of the day. I browsed the great babies and small children's website and decided on a couple of gifts that were perfect for my wee girl.
I placed and paid for the order and received such a superb service and of course a Twitter follow.
I tweeted about the super fast response and great price and Alison and I started on the usual complimentary tweets !!
"Great service and price Alison, thank you"
"Lovely Metalwork on your website too" came the reply.
So the first contact was made, and from there many, many more tweets between us, getting to know each others business and then further to learn about our respective families.
Neither of us aware at this point that the pair of us were a member of the 'Singles' club as our friendship was gathering pace.
DM' s were exchanged !!!! Well !!!
A lot of DM's.
I mentioned in a message that if Alison was ever down in the Eastbourne area that dinner was on me. I am a traditional kind of guy and thought it appropriate to offer a kind invitation.
I had met a few other Tweeps from local fairs and of course the inaugural #SBS event last year.
All lovely followers I have, it's an extended family in a way.
Alison accepted my invite and duly booked herself a nice B&B close to the seafront for a few days R and R.
We arranged to meet at the entrance to the pier and took a walk along the pier and seafront just chatting about 'stuff'.
We sort of new each others background from the tweets and DM's and I have to say from the first few words spoken were both so comfortable in each others company.
So comfortable in fact that we arranged to meet the next day !!
Things progressed rapidly in the following weeks. Weeks turned to months and eventually while walking along the same seafront that we met, with the pier just a few steps away, the sun shining, the sound of the waves softly in the background......I proposed.
The immediate smile answered my question and there were no doubts in our mind from that moment on, our lives had changed for the better. We now look forward to lots more walks on the seafront, hand in hand, a union of families. But more importantly being able to share our lives.