Naturally, the topic turned to men and the atmosphere in the room began to resemble a slumber party. We sat side by side, swiping right and left, exclaiming with glee when we matched with someone. I had tried (and still use) other dating applications but the pool of men I had been meeting began to feel limited.
In my late 40s, I never thought I would turn to a "hook-up" app for romance. After my marriage of 12 years ended, I spent most of the past decade building a successful career that allowed me the time and flexibility I needed to raise my son and assembling a close-knit circle of friends.
I've also learned there men actually interested in dating.
While I've had my share of ridiculous, pointless come-ons, I've also met men interested in real dating.
Our dinner, at a local restaurant specializing in all kinds of meat, lasted four hours.
I didn't and we dated for a few more months but parted ways once we determined we wanted different things from a relationship. We matched on Tinder and he immediately asked me to dinner.
Although my ex-husband and I co-parent our now 12-year old son, my son spends 75% of his time at my home.
With no relatives nearby to watch my son, my dating life is restricted to Monday nights and alternate weekends.
I would love to fall in love again – to once more experience that type of deep intimacy, with all the joy and pain that it entails.
However, I am also someone who enjoys dating and believes it's possible to date genuinely care about someone without falling madly in love with them.
I've also been on several first dates that didn't lead to second dates with other men I've met on Tinder.