To help his three sons find love, an Oregon dad placed a dating ad for them in the New Zealand Herald last month. Looking to set up blind dates with the boys during a family vacation, Neil’s ad received over 600 responses from Kiwi women.
“My wife and I have three wonderful, successful, handsome, alas unmarried, sons between the ages of 28-32,” the ad, which was published December 18, read. “We are not expecting, just hoping, to introduce our sons to nice NZ daughters. At the very least we’ll embarrass our sons and the truth is, we do find some enjoyment in that.”
Neil posted the ad so his sons could “[get] to know people, [meet] people their age, and maybe develop some lasting, permanent relationships” during the family’s trip, which lasted from December 26 to January. But after being swamped by hundreds of messages, the American dad admitted, “I’m somewhat surprised that I have got quite a lot of responses.”
And while the ad may have been embarrassing to sons, Matthew, 31, Jeremy, 28, and Benjamin, 26, at first, it proved to be at least somewhat successful. “Between my brothers and I, we went on a few one-on-one dates,” Benjamin revealed. “Two weeks is hard to fall deeply in love. Matthew actually met someone so hopefully that’s the start of something.”
He added that his dad’s prank actually improved their vacation. “It was definitely a unique and interesting way to meeting people. We got to meet so many people and it’s a valuable experience we will cherish — we all had a great time,” Benjamin said.