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Becky Andersen had been married for 37 years to her high school sweetheart polish dating Minnesota english he suddenly died at Feeling her sadness, her kids enrolled their mother, a Adel High grad, in a widows' support group. But that just made Andersen sadder because everyone else in it was sad, too.
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She wanted to laugh. Her daughter's next trick was to surprise her mother with a Match. And although this may not have been the purpose, the experience of online dating in her 60s got Andersen sikh dating Lansing MI laughs to fill a book.
So she wrote one. It's called, "We're Not 16 Anymore: A Baby Boomer's Adventures with Online Dating," and grew out of a series of Facebook posts in which she shared her quirky, cryptic dating reflections along the way with friends. When Andersen eventually quit Match we'll get to why later dating for Vallejo 18, her friends weren't ready to let go of the laughs, so she self-funded the book.
It was published by Writelife Publishing in and includes observations like these:. Date No. Except this bozo was wearing a 'Cat in the Hat' hat.
There was the unexpected passion generated by Date No. What did I do now? Were senior citizens allowed to get to first base?
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The humor is good-natured and Andersen, the now retired secretary to a Simpson College dean, is the butt of much of it. But humor can be a great way to defuse an awkward situation and still tell some hard truths.
Which in this case were, as Andersen wrote, "I was 60, widowed and had an underlying fear of growing 'old' and being alone. Who would tell me if I had hair growing out of my ears? What if karma got even with me for all the times I'd laughed at the 'Help, I've fallen and I can't get up' commercial? Those are not illegitimate hookups Deltona FL to many who suddenly find ourselves in that place.
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But not everyone has the nerve or confidence to take the steps Andersen did to get dating free internet Fort Myers FL she needed — which, as she described to a friend early on, was "someone who can come over to my house if I need my mousetrap emptied. It had been three and a half years since her husband's death and Andersen hadn't dated in 40 years. She knew nothing of current social mores, and had no intention of letting any man see her unclothed again.
The idea of old people doing such things had grossed her out as a kid. She had no illusions about replacing the love of her life.
But she missed male companionship and conversation. There were some chastening moments early on.
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The first batch of men who responded to her profile had "he in various stages of baldness One date gave new meaning to the notion of cheap, and not just because he invited her to a casino for the Ocala on date coffee. Let's just say it involved a toilet bowl. There was the man who declined to give his last name, and she understood why when she Googled him and found his mugshot — in an orange prison jumpsuit. And there was the man who "childhood was actually too kind a word.
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Grossly immature would be more descriptive. Andersen eventually found love and remarried. But first she had to let go of the idea that it had to be someone who looked and made her feel just like her husband had.
They immediately wanted to know where she now planned to be buried. Still next to their father, she said, just as her current husband would be buried next to his late wife.
Though it's a light read — "It's not any award-winning book," quips Andersen — the book has some important underlying messages about losing love, finding love, aging and rolling with the punches. And about going after what you want, regardless of the conventions. But you also realize how dramatically the world has changed, both in the more relaxed attitudes toward love on dating for free Hemet age and in the technology that makes that possible.
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Andersen says the book has been passed along by friends to people with terminal illness, free chatroom Huntington WV a hospital and to other widows, to give them some laughs and maybe some hope. She says this about finding love later in life, especially after having lost someone: "It's a gift and it can be taken away at any time.
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