But seriously, folks – single men of this vintage have masses going for them. If you wait around for him to make the first move you could be waiting a long, looong time. Flutter those eyelashes, open that second bottle of Jacob’s Creek, seductively nibble the leftover salad garnish on his plate.
Hipster burger joints, for instance, are a recipe for disaster.
Your date will look at you incredulously when you suggest queueing for a glorified Wimpy, then mispronounce ‘chorizo’ just like your dad does when you order. You will sometimes be mistaken for father and daughter when you’re out and about.
This is embarrassing, though less so for you than it is for those doing the mistaking.
Gender politics: you win some, you lose some Your beloved will have come of age in the 1970s or 1980s. Yes, middle-aged men are less keen on gymnastics than their twentysomething counterparts, but as anyone who’s ever done their back in half way through will tell you, this is by no means a bad thing. Your plus-one will probably have an ex-wife (or two), and children who might not be much younger than you. Handle meetings as you would any other tricky social situation by tanking up on wine beforehand.
So all being well, he should be fully conversant with feminist theory. However, he will also have lived through an era in which office bottom-pinching was still considered megalolz. It’s all the same lying down When people find out that you’re regularly breakfasting with someone several decades your senior, they’ll inevitably get all giggly, and then finally pluck up the courage to ask you: ‘But is it different? And remember, it’s a bit like bears: they’re more scared of you than you are of them.
It’s a funny old mix: in my experience, older men are delightfully unfazed by underarm hair, but will automatically (until you flip out about it in the middle of Tesco) refer to women as ‘girls’. (Maybe.) …but him meeting yours will be worse The open-minded, progressive sorts you surround yourself with will be totally on board with your new relationship, right? Actually, almost everyone you know is going be horrified by your choice of partner, and will do their best to coax you back onto a more conventional path.Prepare yourself for a tidal-wave of concern trolling.For as long as I can remember, I’ve preferred older men.My very first crush was on a boy five years my senior in Sunday School (racy stuff), and while my fellow freshers were smooching each other in the Union bar, I was making wistful eyes at the Ph D students. Before you go bounding merrily across the age gap, there are some things you’ll need to get your head around if you’re considering dating an older man.Nowadays, at the ripe old age of 27, I often find myself getting involved with chaps in their forties or fifties. They won’t believe you actually fancy them Unless your would-be squeeze is made in the Rex Manning mould, he will be staggered that anyone is taking an interest in him at his time of life – less still a bona fide fox like you.Fortunately, I enjoy looking after window-boxes and griping about how everything on TV is rubbish these days. Such is the premium our shallow society places on unlined faces.