|The Lonely Heart|
A friend of a friend of a friend is looking for a partner.
How would you go about finding male/female company when you are in your 50s? Or 60s? The need for companionship doesn't get any less in the second half of your existence; the older person falls in love as easily/disastrously/happily/ temporarily/permanently as any one of us at any age. The ability to hold hands and make a fool of ourselves in public is a talent we retain for life.
I remember that it was easy enough to team up when I was young and not quite so young, but what do you do in middle age? Discos? Evening classes? Adult education? Singles holidays? Dating Agencies? Lonely Hearts ads? Cyberspace Chat rooms?
I am in the fortunate position of being in a comfortable and hopefully lasting relationship. Beloved and I suit each other well and although the first, second and third flushes of love's young dream have long departed and we very rarely surprise each other with unexplored pockets of wit or depth of intellect, and patience in the face of stereotypical male/female behaviour diminishes progressively with the length of service, we rub along tolerably well.
The friend of a friend of a friend envies us and wants to achieve this blissful state too. What to do?
I know very little about Dating Agencies, virtual or physical, but I have had a look at Lonely Hearts ads.
The applicant has to sell her/himself, make the reader positively drool with anticipation at the riches on offer, the beauty, the great sense of humour, the intelligence, the many interests and talents ranging from sports to sociability, culture to country pursuits to food and drink.
The fact that most of the advertisers and readers are in reality lonely and shy, a bit needy and lost at best or weirdos looking to make a quick hit at worst, never gets mentioned. This f-o-a-f-o-a-f has come across a very mixed bag in her/his exploration of the field.
This is what I would say:
could do with a friend,
The following need not apply:
jokers, posers, fools and inadequates.
Time-wasters will be weeded out mercilessly.
Applicant must have own trowel.