Young man dating older man

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Two days before the potluck dinner that our mutual acquaintance planned with the express purpose of introducing us, I called her and said, "I'm not coming." "Janet," she replied, frustrated, "I'm inviting you here to meet a straight, available man who likes to cook and garden, who makes furniture and has two dogs. I'd find a nice divorced guy, maybe with kids; I'd be the world's best stepmom. And sure, five years younger relatively minor, but to many women that gap would be unacceptable. My husband washes bottles and does nighttime feedings without acting like he's a hero.

(At the time, I was 40 to his 35.) "He won't want to be with me when he finds out how old I am." Not so long before, a younger boyfriend had broken up with me by saying, "I think you're going to be too old to have my children." I decided then I'd only date older. We fell in love, got married and now have a baby girl.

She was his drama teacher, married and 25 years his senior.

I’d grown up with two older sisters so being around more mature women was nothing new but this felt different — very different.

Her poise and self-assuredness stood in contrast to my gauche inarticulacy.

She was the most sophisticated creature I’d ever met.

That's a shame, because I think it's a major benefit. That's not just a younger guy you're dating; it's utopian values, in human form. When I first started dating Alex, I assumed he was my age.

But it wasn’t just her dreamy looks that had me hypnotised.

You know those days when you're cranky and wanting to pick a fight?

(For me, that was my entire eighth month of pregnancy.) Alex never takes the bait.

But Alex always has anecdotes (and bedtime tales) I haven't heard; plus, he has answers to all my questions, from job advice to how to cook an egg.

Older guys already know how to change a tire and give a good back rub.

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