Dating someone a year younger than you
Instead, I chose to relocate with my two young sons to a country in turmoil, arriving on the bloodiest day in its modern history. 14, 2013, the day Egyptian forces killed more than 700 civilian demonstrators — including a British journalist who had been a guest at a dinner party I'd thrown — I moved to Egypt.
While looking for peace there may sound insane, for me, the move was a lifesaver.
But over the 10 months we've been together, his assurances have quieted my neuroses.
The occasions when we are gazing into each other's eyes and I wonder if he sees an old lady have grown far fewer.
In Cairo, I resurrected the bold, adventurous woman I'd been two decades earlier, before I'd yielded to the pressures and should-dos of grown-up life.
I'd met my former husband in the then-Soviet Moscow, where I'd moved from Paris in search of a job in journalism. In Cairo — I was working on a book about Egypt, so moving there seemed the logical choice — I found strange comfort in the upheaval.
And despite the age difference and the fact that we disagreed on everything from movies to ideal vacation spots, I felt the same way.
Then I remind myself that if it were he who was 20 years older, neither I nor anyone else would think twice, and I realize that I'm falling prey to the same sexism I bemoan.
While I worry that he'd prefer a woman whose body hasn't been quite so affected by gravity, he tells me many times a day how beautiful I am — even when I know I am not at my prettiest.
That’s why being knocked off my feet by someone 13 years my junior was the AN AGE DIVIDE IS AS BIG AS YOU MAKE IT.
The preconception that a younger guy won’t be able to relate to your problems/needs is BS, in my experience.
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Having spent all of my 20s trapped in a damaged relationship, a new relationship situation was simply not on my future agenda.