WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
AGING BABY BOOMERS LEARN 21st CENTURY DATING RULES
Every decade of a monogamous marriage adds ten additional layers of rust on unused dating skills. No big deal ... until those marriages end and the now-single Baby Boomers want to re-enter the dating game.
Before re-entry, accumulated rust has to be scrubbed away. After scrubbing is done, there's another chore: adjusting our mindsets to 21st century dating rules, i.e. arbitrary guidelines, conventional etiquette, codes of 'proper behavior', et al. Whew!
Let's reminisce about 20th century rules - way, way back in time when formerly long-married boomers last dated and gender roles were definitively detailed. Accordingly, men initiated everything, from first dates (that they paid for) to marriage proposals. Women waited for landline phones to ring and either said 'yes' or 'no' to men's invitations. Do we still think those were 'the good old days?'
Boomers who are skilled in 21st century dating give mostly positive reviews. Overall, men feel a sense of relief. They applaud women making the first moves and appreciate their sharing costs of dates. Increasingly, boomer women 'enjoy the power' of initiating - when our overtures are accepted. We are not fond of rejections. Who is?
Generally speaking, homosexual dating rules have always been more egalitarian than heterosexual rules.
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