Megan dates older men because, as she says, they are men.
“It’s not for everyone but I prefer to be with a man that has already conquered his world and wants to enjoy the rest of his life,” she told me. “I’ve been married to a man younger than myself. I had to train him. It’s exhausting.”
Megan can actually date her attraction to silver foxes back to childhood and a certain ex-President from the late 1980s/early 1990s: “I think this is all George H.W. Bush’s fault,” she explains. “From an early age I just found older men to seem reliable and supportive. In middle school we had an assignment to write a letter to a famous person. I thought George H.W. Bush (he was president at the time) was the most handsome man in the world. The rest of my sixth grade class felt this way about Donnie Wahlberg. Donnie seemed like a loose cannon, much too unpredictable. Long story short, I worked really hard on my card to George H.W. His birthday was coming up so I did a charcoal drawing of his face and wrote a birthday message.”
The hard work paid off. “About three weeks later, I got a letter from the White House. It was a handwritten ‘thank you’ card from George Bush telling me I was a talented artist and a wonderful writer and to stick with it! [Ed. note: Perhaps he gave the same advice to his son?] No one ever heard back from The New Kids on the Block. What can we learn from this? Old men are polite and thoughtful and young guys are generally self-centered.”
Megan is so passionate about dating older that she made me a list (a good one) of the five reasons that dating men in their sixties is just preferable to dating men in their twenties and thirties and why we should all stop judging her for it.
1. I like a man’s man. I like a strong man that was raised when it wasn’t abnormal to open your door, pull out your chair, and carry a heavy bag. You can call it being a gentleman but women are almost pleased or flattered when a man in his thirties does this. You shouldn’t be flattered. It should be expected. HE’S A MAN. I am perfectly capable of doing the above myself but a real gentleman would never even think to have me do such a thing. To treat a woman like a LADY is the norm with a man in his sixties.
2. They don’t play games. A man in his sixties is not going to wait five years or even two to commit. At this point in the game, they have their shit together and they know what they want. If they want you they’re not going to make you question it. At this point in their lives most realize how fast it goes by and if you are their priority, they’re going to make you know it real quick. My ex was 64, told me he loved me first, changed his Facebook status to “In a Relationship” first, and spoke about our serious future together before I did. He did all of this without any hints or prodding on my part. The bullshit factor dramatically declines as the years of their age rise.
3. They are more thoughtful. I can speak from experience; more often than not, you will get flowers when he comes to pick you up. You will get thoughtful bouquets after a romantic evening. You will get texts during the day saying “I love you” or telling you how special you are. Leaving love notes in your purse for you to find later is another common trait of a more mature man…..just because.
4. They have their shit together. They have already reached the heights of their careers so you won’t be a work widow. I love smart and ambitious men. This has led me to a lot of 30-something workaholics. A smart and ambitious man in his sixties is not spending so much time at the office. He’s spending more time and attention on your relationship.
5. He will be proud to be with you. Most guys in their thirties think they’re doing YOU a favor by holding your hand and saying that you look beautiful. A man in his sixties will insist on holding your hand and tell you several times over how lucky he feels to be with you. What girl doesn’t want that?
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