90-Year-Old Couple Goes on Blind Date at Bookstore: 'It's Not Easy Making Connections as a Senior, but We Need It'
04/25/2016 AT 04:45 PM EDT
Steiner and Sharlin, who met for a blind date at Washington, D.C.'s Politics & Prose bookstore on April 17, were set up by Sharlin's granddaughter, who waited on Steiner at her job in an area restaurant.
"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.
"In the Jewish religion, we call that a 'shadchan' – a matchmaker," added Steiner.
Sharlin lost his wife in 1998; Steiner's husband died in 1999. Though Sharlin has dated on and off since his wife died, Steiner's date with Sharlin was her first since her husband. "I loved him, and I didn't look for anyone else after that," she said.
The pair spent the whole afternoon together after meeting at the bookstore – a favorite of Sharlin's – and a picture the bookstore took of them got thousands of shares on Facebook.
"It's not easy, making connections as a senior," Steiner said. "But we need it. It's up there with Medicare and Social Security. I hope people remember that."