Photo of elderly couple on blind date goes viral
Posted April 21, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — You’re never too old for a blind date, especially when you’re young at heart.
Miriam Steiner and Harold Sharlin are both in their 90s, and both have been single since losing their spouses several decades ago. While both are perfectly happy, it’s difficult not to feel a bit lonely at times.
So when Sharlin’s granddaughter waited on Steiner at a Washington, D.C., restaurant, an idea popped into her head.
“My Jenny was so impressed with Miriam’s pep and vigor that she said, ‘You’d make a great date for my grandfather!” Sharlin told Today.
Steiner hadn’t been on a date since her husband died in 1999, but figured though she was a bit out of practice, she “had nothing to lose.”
Sharlin suggested they meet at one of his favorite hangouts — Politics & Prose bookstore, Today reports. Steiner walked into the store and informed the staff she was there for a date, so employees couldn’t help but watch the sweet interaction unfold.
The couple hit it off immediately — “pleasant” conversation flowed easily, Steiner told Today.
At one point, a staff member interrupted the pair to request a photo. The photo — posted to the bookstore’s Facebook page — has charmed thousands of strangers in just a few days.
"Well, why not?" wrote one commenter. "Everybody needs somebody to hold."
Another wrote, "Bless you both. Go for it. Love and sharing life is a beautiful experience."
The pair is getting a kick out of all the attention they’ve received thus far.
“It’s very unusual. We’re both in our 90s. We’re both handicapped. Neither of us drive,” Steiner told Today. “It’s not easy, making connections as a senior. But we need it. It’s up there with Medicare and Social Security. I hope people remember that.”
No word yet on whether Sharlin and Steiner are a match made in heaven, but both say they enjoyed the date.
Jessica Ivins is a content manager for KSL.com and contributor to the Motherhood Matters section.