If you think that speed dating is for young and middle-aged people desperate to meet someone, think again. Renee Weiss, 80, and Miles Miller, 92, fell in love after meeting at a speed dating event last October.
Weiss has been a widow for five years after her husband of 56 years passed away. She hadn’t dated much since her husband died, but with a little encouragement from her friends, she agreed to a speed dating function at a retirement community.
At the event were 10 men and 10 women whose ages ranged from 75 to 96. One of the men in attendance was Miller. Two only got a chance to speak for four minutes before they had to move on to the next person. But it was long enough for both to know there was a special connection.
“At the end, we both liked each other,” explains Weiss. “Then he called and we went to dinner. We went to dinner and he kept calling and I kept going out with him.”
Weiss says that when she met Miller it felt like she had already known him for years. She says that are comfortable with one another and have fun together wherever they go. In fact, they just got back from a week-long Caribbean cruise.
“We can go just go and feed ducks, or go to a movie or we go on a walk,” says Weiss. “What we do is not crazy. We just have fun and we enjoy each other and we look forward to seeing each other.”
Both Weiss and Miller live independently in different Atlanta suburbs located about 10 miles away from each other. But they frequently go out to dinner and speak on the phone at least twice a day.
Nearly six months into their relationship, the couple is proving that it’s never too late to find someone with whom you can enjoy your golden years.
“You get old, and you can sit and die, or you can get out and do things,” says Miller. “If you get do things and are happy, you can make other people happy. Making other people happy makes us happy.”