I saw your post and although I'm not quite in the age bracket you mention I wanted to share my experience. I've been on here for about 9 months and I have to admit, that since my annullment is still in process, I'm not looking to date at this time but I have had a really nice time communicating with some really great people. I see you're from Arizona as am I. I've attended two member meet-ups in Phoenix one last fall and the latest this spring. I had a wonderful time at both. It was tremendously refreshing meeting some new friends who are solidly connected to thier faith. We had great fellowship and had some wonderful conversations. I do hear of people meeting potential mates on here but I don't know how frequently it happens. I guess I feel that the interaction with other Catholics whose faith is important to them is enough value for me. In reality, God is ultimately going to provide what's best for us at any given time and in His time, not ours. At least that's the way I look at it. It certainly can't hurt to be cruising around on here. At the very least, we'll get the opportunity to correspond with some good Catholic individuals.
Oh, in case you might be interested, there's a member meet-up in Orange County, CA in August. I'm going and I believe some of the members who attended the Phoenix events will be there as well. Great people! You should consider joining us. There were a couple of gentlemen close to your age at the Phoenix spring event. Check the Orange County event out under the "more" tab and click on events. Lots of great activities being planned by Janet who was at both Phoenix events. Sorry for such a long reply.
God bless you Judi,
I was reading all the posts after you said "LDR." Thought I was just not "getting it." Light bulb went off...is it long distance ride? LOL. I think distance is an issue. In this day of the high cost of gasoline, driving over an hour is troubling for many. Back in the 60's when I dated my husband gas was cheap. Today it is unthinkable for some to even try to make it work. My grown children drive their kids all over and it is an issue. I feel bad, so I agreed to meet halfway for a date that was over an hours drive. That might help. We had a second date that involved lots of walking on a hot afternoon, I was so exhausted and he had to drive all the way back home. Haven't heard back from him.
Guess it was way too much to expect it not to matter. Finding someone in your own backyard is not going to happen, so prayers to find a way is the answer. Somehow those that belong together will find one another. It will take work. It is in HIS hands!
There are many older men on this site, so keep contacting those who sound interesting.
I would agree with your consensus that not all marriages are perfect. As a widow of a 40 year marriage, I am testament to that. I attempted to make my marriage work because I took my weddding vows seriously. I see so many of you on CM comment how truly wonderful your marriage was despite the normal trials of life. I may never have the joy of being a recipient of that kind of affection but hope that one day I might.