Mike reached across the table to examine mine."You were born in 1966? That's so weird."The word rattled around in my head, even after he changed the subject to his upcoming marathon training. The banter that had come so easily seemed stilted in the bar. I said yes, but as soon as I got to the meet-up spot, I wanted to drive away. It wasn't what they were wearing—I was wearing an athletic tank top and hiking pants, same as the other women—but they all seemed so carefree.
I didn't know them personally, but I was pretty sure none of them had been divorced—which I had by time I was their age.
I was married once before, to a man five years my senior.
After 12 increasingly dreary years capped by a wrenching divorce, I couldn't imagine why women in my situation (childless divorcées) complained about the prospect of reentering single life. Wasn't finally having some laughs, romance, and excitement the way to take the "crisis" out of "midlife"?
I look at him, stunned that he could forget such a big part of 1973. You'd really dig it." Or "Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins!
We've been together for seven years now, and I'm so used to considering Bronson my peer that I often forget about our 13½-year age difference. In the beginning, if I wasn't thinking, Is he too young for me? someone else was thinking it for me—and blurting out, "Hey, have you seen How Stella Got Her Groove Back?
In our hearts, if not in our heads, we’re convinced that love will always trump practical concerns such as money, social class, race and even gender. And what about age as it relates to older women involved with younger men?
Though men have been enjoying May-December romances forever, women haven’t been afforded the same freedom necessarily.
Still, when Mike and I went out for drinks, I barely thought about our age gap until our server asked for our IDs. A week later, he invited me to join him and his friends for a hike, followed by a party.
I was in a relationship for 2 years and just recently broke up..was 1 year older than me and acted like 5 years younger than me. I am mature for my age and he's a little immature for his, but he doesn't play games, he has his sh** togeather, and treats me like a queen. Of course, the timeframe would definitely be something both would need to work out) 6. (I can't see anything but chaos arising out of completely disparate viewpoints on raising kids, no matter what the partners ages might be). Different aged peer groups (can lead to problems with finding common ground socially). Different aged partners might have same problem as above in #1. Comments of the public/friends: The old "cradle robber" idea for him, and the "sugar daddy" idea for you. Energy/vitality levels for the older person could be an issue if he can't "keep up" with you now, or especially in future.
I guess it depends on what your looking for sometimes it's nice dating older men because they have more experience in relationships and in their thirties are more likley to want to settle down than men in their early twenties. Being with even a little more weary older partner could become a drag in later years especially. Different life experiences leading to problems raising family?
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"This is nothing compared to the long lines during the oil crisis," I say to my husband, Bronson, as he pulls into a particularly crowded Mobil station near the Holland Tunnel. Or could it be caused by something as shallow and immediate as a woman's not wanting anyone to think her date is her younger brother or, God help us, her son?