Love In The Time of COVID

Sean & Marianna

TINDER

January 15, 2021

Tinder,

I just wanted to send a quick email to thank you for my wife. My name is Sean Polcha and my wife is Marianna Polcha. We just got married on Saturday, September 5th, and it was all because we decided to use Tinder. It sounds weird thanking a dating app, but your company found me the most amazing woman in the whole world.

A little backstory, I lived in Pennsylvania around the Gettysburg / Chambersburg area. Marianna lived in Florida around Tallahassee. We both were going through some very difficult times, and we just needed somebody to talk to. So, we resorted to Tinder. I didn’t think anything would ever come about from it, but one day I saw this stunning beauty come across the app. I Super Liked her, paying a dollar extra for the Super Like! I put my phone down and didn’t really get to look at it until the next day. By that time, she had accepted my request and the conversation was on.

To my surprise, she was over 700 miles away. Now, this was a little confusing because my bubble was set to a very narrow circle. I was baffled why she was so far away. So, we started to talk, thinking nothing would ever come about from such a distant conversation. I found out that she was driving to visit some family in Maryland. She drove through my set bubble, crossing on the very edge. I was lucky apparently.

We talked all day, and eventually she asked me if I was ever going to ask for her phone number. I took the hint, and got her number, lol. Things moved from there. We text and spoke on the phone for hours. In December of 2017 we decided to meet for the first time in Hershey Pennsylvania. My coworkers thought I was nuts. My family thought I was going to be severely hurt emotionally, and they were hesitant about everything. I was falling for this girl who I had never actually seen in person. However, on that night in Hershey, I met the woman of my dreams. We had both heard of soulmates, and we both knew we had found ours.

Right after our first date, I was sitting dreamily in the parking lot where I had said goodbye. An idea flew into my head. I had all the information I needed to send her flowers. Now, she never actually gave me her address. She was staying at her parents’ house while she visited. I had bits and pieces of information to go off of, which I hoped would be romantic. I knew that she was going out to dinner with her family that night, so I had flowers (peonies) waiting on her doorstep when she got home. Well, I hoped it was the right address (thanks public searches). We told each other that we were going to move slowly, and that we weren’t going to involve our families just yet. Things were too distant, too unsure, and we were just scared. Well, I tossed the idea of moving slowly into the closest incinerator. The flowers went over better than expected. They were sitting on her door step when her whole family came back from their holiday dinner. Her Dad had a lot of questions.

Our next date was over in Philly, which was completely planned by her. She took me to the Philadelphia Art Museum after lavishing me with a beautiful hotel at the Windsor Suites. She made me feel like a princess the whole trip. One thing that really stuck out with me though, was this painting called “Oak” at the art museum. I don’t know why it stuck out, but it was special. I pinned it in the back of my mind for later. Over the coming months, we lived life to the fullest, making some of the best memories of our lives.

Things moved on from there. She was taking flights up to Pennsylvania, and I was taking flights down to visit her. My family had met her by this point, and absolutely adored her. Marianna quickly was absorbed into my family like she was born into it. She eventually moved to Pennsylvania with me, and we moved in together. In 2019, I decided to propose. I researched, I researched more, and I researched everything that I could to propose to this amazing woman. I found the perfect ring. I already knew the perfect place. We make yearly trips back to the art museum in Philadelphia to relive the date that made me feel so special, staying at the Windsor and repeating everything. In January of 2019, we took a trip to the museum, and I proposed to her in front of the “Oak” painting. I guided her all around the art museum, staying away from the painting until the very end. Needless to say, she was surprised. I had a video recorded by a bystander, so we would have it forever.

This woman has changed me in so many ways. She gave me a Family, and she taught me what it was actually like to Love somebody. I get it now, and I never did before. I wanted to give her the world, and give her the best wedding that we could. Money was tight, covid hit, and all of our plans changed. The wedding wasn’t as elaborate as we had dreamed of, we didn’t have the fortunes to spend on people to do everything for us, we had each other and our families to help with everything. We had the wedding in our backyard with a few friends and our close family. It was one of the most amazing days of my life. I cried when I said my vows to her, losing all focus because her eyes kept drawing me in. I kept reliving our courtship, and I what a lucky guy I am. She means the world to me.

So, in my long-winded way, I wanted to say thank you. Without your company I would never have started my life. I would never have found my companion. I would never have found what it meant to actually love somebody. Your company has given me so much, and I just wanted to say thank you.

Sean Polcha