I’d marry my new partner as well. I’m afraid to ask too soon, though. I wouldn’t want to ruin the magic we have now by forcing her to say no if she is not ready. She is only 50 but has been divorced for 6 yrs. She married very young and had 6 children quickly and has many grandchildren. I love her big family. I am insecure about the age difference, but don’t want to be a buzz-kill so I never mention that to her. She is a very beautiful, young looking 50 and I’m 64! My buddies tease me that I have turned into a girl — checking the scale everyday and buying a new set of tweezers! I also workout like a fiend now — and am getting buff! I just cherish everyday we are together and will wait for her to talk about marriage. When she is my age, I’ll be 78! Right now I’m the happiest I have ever been. I tell myself that if she gave me 5–10 years I would be eternally grateful and never resent her one moment if she needed to leave me because I grew too old.

SGI Buddhist, Loves Irish and Latin American Literature, History buff, knows a great deal about Medicare

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