Grandpa Gets Stood Up, Goes Viral!

The dating scene certainly isn’t what it was before the internet, and one 73 year old grandfather is learning that the hard way. Jim Moroney isn’t exactly what you’d call tech-savvy, but at the insistence of a neighbor he decided to create a profile on Match.com and see what all the fuss was about. As a widower, Jim was ready to get back out there, and when he got his first connection, he was very excited to make a date.

Jim put on his best sweater (adorable), bought the lovely lady roses and chocolates (double adorable), and got in the car to drive almost an hour to meet her (TRIPLE ADORABLE). He waited at their agreed-upon meeting place for a long time, but the woman he had connected with never showed up. Instead of getting angry and going home, Jim took it in stride and headed to his 16 year old granddaughter’s house to give her the flowers and chocolates instead! Gabby was touched that her grandpa had been so brave as to start dating, not to mention the lengths that he had gone through for his date, only to be stood up. She tweeted a photo of Jim and the flowers, with the story and a frowny face.

Little did Gabby and Jim realize that the tweet would take off, getting 8,000 shares and 29,000 likes! The responses varied from people offering Jim support to offering to go out with him themselves, but they were overwhelmingly positive. Jim, for his part, looks at the incident with his characteristic optimism. “You know what, this is the way the dating scene is,” he said. “I hope I find someone truthful, loving and that has compassion. I’m looking for that special woman.”