Yes, I could list that I was a widow on my profile. But would that scare men away? Worse, might it draw creepy men, like the ones who pretended to be widowers and stalked my Facebook page?
Most popular. Send this to a friend. He thinks Fishman was trying to provoke him by telling him to go get his mother and then asking me if he was the security. The woman speaks first, and it means guys are way more likely to speak to you if you're not just one of many. I know.
I spent hours trying to figure out what to put in the forms online. But as I thought about whether to actually make my profile live, the bigger question remained unanswered.
Even if I manage to communicate that I am a widow before the first date, a load of baggage remains. Is he supposed to ask about my late husband? Am I supposed to avoid my loss entirely? Recently, I met a handsome stranger and we got to talking about religion and spirituality. Not surprisingly, it had the effect of stopping all conversation. Of course it did. This type of behavior — speaking before I could really think about my response — is something I found is common for many widows.
What you see is what you get. In my case, that means you get a year-old widow with three young kids. How do you put that on a profile? Another found love in a grief group, only to find out that the man was horribly demeaning and all they really shared was the incredible bad luck that brought them to the group. But when I look at my digital options, I feel overwhelmed by even the seemingly small issues that arise all the time.
Most of the formerly married people I see online are divorced. While I am of course okay with dating a divorced man, I have found that widows and divorcees have different points of view about the past. Divorce — even one that was amicable — severs a relationship with some degree of clarity and purpose. The death of a spouse is more complicated.
The issue remains that my past relationship is not gone because either of us chose it. I guess that encapsulates why it is so difficult to date a widow, especially a young one like me whose loss is so new. Shawn lingers over my life like a fog. Though I see his continuing presence in my life as a beautiful morning mist that surrounds me with love, I worry that my potential dates will see it as a murky haze that makes real communication impossible.
Maybe the real problem is that any affection I might feel for another man would always be shared, at least in some way. A widower would understand this.
But most of the men in my potential dating pool are not widowed, and thus, it can feel impossible to explain how I might be able to move forward with someone new while also keeping a piece of my heart with my late husband. So the dilemma remains. A few days after setting up my online profiles, I decided to take them down. As I dried my tears, I thought about Shawn. It was true. Before we started dating, Shawn was my friend, and he used to offer me dating advice.
Marjorie Brimley is a high school teacher and mother of three.
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So Fishman gets to my door, and expects to find a woman in his general league. When the door is opened instead by a handsome young man in his 20s, it does not compute. Now, you might be thinking, what has handsome got to do with it? Is she just finding opportunities to boast about her sexy boyfriend? And yes I am, but, nonetheless, I think handsome is part of the equation.
Because not only is my boyfriend a little younger than me, which is not the norm, he is also a little hotter than me, which is not de rigueur either. I know. But then I started to introduce the Frenchman to my friends, or to send the odd photo of us on a city break to my Irish girls WhatsApp group. This gave me pause. Was everyone wearing my I fancy you glasses? It is evident that Fishman could not help but be confused, the poor lamb. I mean, take 20 seconds to think of a celebrity pairing — real or fictional, past or present — where the woman is more beautiful than the man.
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman. Kirsten Dunst and that guy from Fargo. The romantic leads in every single Woody Allen film. Then try it in reverse. Twenty seconds. Whatcha got?
Me neither. I think that very attractive women are more likely to date regular looking blokes than vice versa. Women are less shallow than men, you see. No, no. Not I. On the doorstep, my Frenchman was out of patience. Yes, this is my son, the security. I did not say this. Fishman curled his lips into a snarl. Then he circled, dived off my stoop, and cut his way through the crisp of the day. My Frenchman, conversely, did not like the story one bit.
He thinks Fishman was trying to provoke him by telling him to go get his mother and then asking me if he was the security. What did she think we were? There are plenty of metaphorical fish in the proverbial sea, but the expected patterns of how they should choose a mate are actually pretty limiting. I wonder how many women would never date a younger man, even if they wanted the same things from life, because of a subconscious awareness of social perception?