This is her second time performing in Northern Virginia, and while temporarily living here, she's turned into quite the Fredericksburg enthusiast.
What's odd about this scenario is that not only is my father dating online (and when did he figure out how to use a computer without me? "What's upsetting to me is that I could think our e-mails are going well and then when we meet, it's like I have no idea who this person is," is my dad's complaint.
"I'm wondering how I can be so off base." "I wanted to meet him for coffee but he was stuck on dinner," says my sister during a discussion of dating woes, while my dad encourages her to allow men to treat her. Well, I've talked about relationships with my father more than I ever have in my life. I'm in my mid-twenties, finished with college and back at home, only my family has undergone a drastic and somewhat traumatic change and we're all up to our elbows in dinner dates. There are worse things than watching a parent date someone other than their former "better half." With more and more of my peers dealing with a parent lost from deadly diseases or divorce, I wouldn't be surprised to find I'm not so alone in this weird, multi-generational, family dating bubble. Nearly every television commercial cites the statistic that at present, 1 in 5 relationships starts online.
Like many seniors who've loved and lost, he knows what he's looking for and he's not afraid to go all the way to Pennsylvania to get it.
Regardless of the method, I'm happy my dad plans to love again and that I get to see a new side of him.
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Don't forget to check Getaway for much more on these destinations and others in the Northeast USA. Take a riveting 45-minute tour of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, the pharmacy that served Martha Washington and Robert E. Opened in 1792, this Colonial and Civil-war era drugstore is considered the "Oldest Best Preserved Pharmacy Post Revolutionary War." Nearly all of what you see on the shelves and in storage was what was left here when it closed in 1933. This 1751 home of wealthy merchant, John Carlyle, was,incredibly, rediscovered as an intact, free standing home when the hotel surrounding it was demolished in 1972.Even more interestingly, the president and CEO of Spark Networks (owner of Christian Mingle, Black Singles, Silver Singles and Spark.com) cited "significant growth" in the first eight months of 2011, bragging an increase of 93 percent of Spark users 50 and older. The 55 and older crowd are apparently visiting dating sites in the U. more than any other age group, according to Experian Hitwise, an internet tracking firm.The reason for the exponential increase could be the steadily upward divorce rate.It was a beautiful weekend, crisp and clear after all that rain.I enjoyed a traditional Saturday breakfast with my family with one unusual addition: online dating story swapping with my father. In the passing of my mother in January following a year of battling cancer, he has since taken up online dating, subscribing to sites such as e Harmony and Christian Mingle. The topic is now a frequent one in the Graham household and I can't say it's not a little eerie.This obituary was originally published in the News & Messenger (Woodbridge, VA).