It was inevitable that the women of the Bridget Jones and Ally McBeal generation would grow into “Cougardom.” As a girl/lady/ woman of a certain age, I am not beyond looking at the benefits of dating younger men. Despite the obvious sexual compatibility of a younger guy and older girl, the younger guys are just more pretty to look at. Just go to your 20 year class reunion and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Of course, I generalize and yes, there may be exceptions, but for cougar women it’s a numbers game and simply, there’s just more attractive, younger guys in the world than men my age or older. So as I look at the world around me, I find the cougar in me wants to come out and play. If you see any of these boys, please tell them I’m looking for them.
It seems my love life is much like “Godilocks and the Three Little Bears,” but instead of wandering through the forest looking for food, I’m wandering through a jungle of aging men, self-proclaimed bachelors and Peter Pan playboys. After all, Goldilocks had to try Papa Bear’s and Mama Bear’s porridge, chair and bed before she found Baby Bear’s to be “just right.” Does that mean that my previous two loves were preparing me for the “just right” one?
Looking back, I’ve only really loved twice. And though I loved them both dearly, neither were “just right.” Let’s break it down:
Geoff – Too Big
Clancy – Too Small
He thinks big and lives large
There’s never a dull moment here… Geoff’s always doing and saying something.
“No, I can’t do that” is not in his vocabulary
His idea of a night out is chasing down “Man vs. Food” to get an on-air spot that will run for the next 3 years on The Travel Channel.
Yankee, non-traditionalist, living in NYC
He thinks small and lives small—there’s not much outside the state of Tennessee
His vocabulary is limited to: “you’re not listening.”
Dull moments of watching “CSI” are plentiful
A wild night is pizza and a Netflix movie.
Southern-traditionalist with an eye for family, home and yard work
Sometimes I get a little nostaligc and think of the boys that got away or let me get away and eventually saved me from bad in-laws, Saturday’s at Home Depot and a shared checking account. So as I rumage through my Ipod, I find a few songs for those boys left behind.
In the spirit of Casey Kasem, I count backwards.
10. Better Off Alone– Katherine McPhee: “You help me figure it out, I’m better off alone”
9. Another One Bites the Dust– Queen: “You took me for everything I had, are you happy, are you satisfied.”
8. I’m Movin’ On– Rascal Flats: “I’ve dealt with my ghosts and faced all my demons…at once I’m at peace with myself.”
7. Leave the Pieces – The Wreckers: “It’s alright, I’ll be fine, don’t worry ’bout this heart of mine, take your love and hit the road.”
6. I Will Remember You –Sarah McLachlan:”I will remember you, will you remember me?”
5. Listen – Beyonce(Dreamgirls): “I am at alone at a crossroads…the time has come for my dreams to be heard. I am more than what you made of me…but now I’ve got to find my own.”
4. It Ain’t Me – Johnny Cash: “I’m not the one you want babe, I’m not the one you need, it ain’t me you’re looking for.”
3. Better in Time – Leonna Lewis: “I’ll be okay, thought I couldn’t live without you…it’ll all get better in time…even though I really love you, I’ll smile because I deserve to.”
2. One – U2: “It’s too late tonight to drag the past into the light, we’re one, but not the same…love is a temple, love is a higher law…you ask me to enter, but then you make me crawl.”
1. I’m Still Standing –Elton John: “I’m still standing better than I ever did, looking like a true survivor…I”m still standing after all this time, picking up the pieces of my life without you by my side.”