Acts of Kindness
Tinder couple avoid meeting for 3 years, finally see each other in person
They were taking things slow, to say the least.
Maxim Sorokopud
08.21.20

If you’d been talking to someone online for three years, would you make your first date a TV experience?

In 2020, most of us are talking to our nearest and dearest online.

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We can’t physically meet up so much, so FaceTime and messaging will have to do. But what if you had a potential boyfriend or girlfriend that you’d met online, dated online and never once met up with in person for a grand total of three years?

That’s what happened to Josh Avsec and Michelle Arendas. They both matched on a dating app years ago.

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Avsec and Arendas were both in college and looking for love.

Like most young people, they downloaded Tinder and started swiping their potential matches.

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When they both saw each other’s profiles, they swiped right.

Avsec messaged Arendas with a simple, ‘Hey Michelle.” Then over two months passed, and Arendas didn’t write back.

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But then Arendas saw the message at last and wrote back, apologizing and explaining that her phone had died.

Unfortunately, Avsec was in the shower and didn’t notice the reply. Almost another two months passed until Avsec saw Arendas’s message. He too apologized for the delayed response.

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So after this, they met up pretty soon, right? Wrong.

As the months ticked by, things kept on getting in their way, and they occasionally messaged one another at exactly the wrong times.

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These delayed messages kept on being sent back and forth slowly over the course of three years.

At first, they were joking with one another. But then they realized something. They had really similar senses of humor. They began to think that they may in fact be great for one another.

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Eventually, they decided to meet up in person. But how?

Naturally, they reasoned that the best date venue wasn’t a bar, a park or a coffee shop but the daytime TV show Good Morning America.

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But even when the show started, the couple would have to wait a little longer before they met. Both of them had to stand on opposite sides of a barrier. So close, yet so far still.

And before showing the couple to one another, the hosts of Good Morning America interviewed them. They wanted to test each half of the couple first, just to see how compatible they were.

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Both agreed with one another on the perfect date. Both picked chips as their favorite junk food. And they both picked The Office as their favorite show to binge watch.

After these answers the audience got excited. These two young people sounded ideal for one another! But what would they think when they finally saw each other?

So they both got off their chairs and walked in front of the barrier.

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They saw each other at last. Both smiled and hugged. It was clear that the chemistry they had online was also there in real life.

Finally, the hosts revealed that the show had allowed them to pick any city in the world to visit for their real first date. The couple had picked Maui in Hawaii.

Luckily, Good Morning America followed up to see how the couple had enjoyed Maui. And, of course, the hosts wanted to know if they had clicked!

Arendas and Avsec both enjoyed their time in Maui, and they both confirmed that they would meet up again when they got back to college.

So it seemed like this was the start of something special! It’s just that that start had taken three whole years!

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By Maxim Sorokopud
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Maxim Sorokopud is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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