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The Harshness of Reality

May 13, 2009

I was struck by an odd moment of harsh reality this evening while enjoying a bit of dinner conversation with the two children. My son was reciting our ages, and my daughter realized that there's a bit of a gap between me (33) and my wife's (28) ages. She was like "that's five years!"

"I guess I like younger women," I confessed, which in itself is pretty creepy, once I ponder on it for longer than, oh, a second.

Then it struck me. If my son were to follow in Dear Old Dad's footsteps, his future bride would be gestating in the womb of his future mother-in-law right now.

Yeesh. Paging David Wooderson.


Scope said...

"There's nothing wrong with a little age gap," he says, selfservingly. "And 5 - 6 years is about right."

Walter said...

Fortunately five years isn't much. I knew a couple that was 15 years apart, and that's creepy. I say anytim the other person was still in elementary school when you were in or out of college, that's were you need to draw the creepy line. But five years is, I would guess, actualyl pretty common.

Lana said...

i think once you're past the mid-20s it all kind of feels about the same anyway. but just in case, be extra nice to all pregnant ladies you see for the next year or so.

Sass said...

"That's what I love about these in utero girls...I get older...they stay the same age."

Yes they do.

There is NOTHING sexier than a Wooderson reference to get my rainy day started.

Eric said...

Maybe percentages to describe different levels of appropriate age differences? A series of equations?

Pearl said...

You want a gap?
There are 10 years between me and my husband.
There were 14 years between me and my last boyfriend.
There were 11 years between me and the boyfriend before that.

Not that I've noticed a trend or anything.


Nej said...

Not long after we moved in together, Mot had a towel hanging over the shower rod. It was a fraternity towel, and I noticed the date.

I asked him if it was his older brother's towel. He said "No. Why?"

It was then I finally did the math.

Realization must have hit him just then as well...because he asked "What grade were you in the year I got that towel."


Seven years difference doesn't seem like a big deal now...but when you think about it that :-)

Chemgeek said...

I'm 5 years older than my wife as well. However, we have the common bond of being both born in the 70's which somehow helps. Being born in different decades would be a little different.

Moooooog35 said...

I'm four years older than my wife.

She's 1.

Welcome to Pakistan!

Cora said...

LOL @ Scope!! Hmm... six and a half years, right? Hee hee hee. Nah, it's all good as long as you don't feel like you're babysitting. ;-)

Sassy Britches said...

Ooosh. That's borderline. Anytime you couldn't feasibly be in high school together is questionable!

words...words...words... said...

I always say that as long as she's been out of college a while and has her own life, that's good enough for me.

But I'm a lecher, so take it with a grain of salt.

Soda and Candy said...

Ugh, Woody Allen and his daughter-wife creep me out.

Five years is NOTHIN'. I once went to a wedding where the bride was closer in age to the groom's son than to the groom. Creepalicious.

Fancy Schmancy said...

Five years is nothing, just don't think about it in terms that you're talkin bout!

Ashley said... parents are 10 years apart. mmmhmmm.

And my sister and her husband are almost 20 years apart. Yikes!

I will not follow in their footsteps!

The Ambiguous Blob said...


Ψ*Ψ said...

My parents were seven years apart, which meant my 18-year-old mother married a 24-year-old divorced man with a kid.
I didn't fully appreciate this until I was 16 and my (still!) boyfriend was 21...and my parents knew they couldn't say a word about it. :D

LiLu said...

Eh. I think a safe rule is, if you could drive before they were born... they're too young for you.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Sounds like you're in the clear. She was just about at the consenting age when you married right?

There could be some joke about the FLDS in there somewhere, but I'll be dammed if I can find it.

~E said...

Im a year younger than your wife, and my last boyfriend was 2 years older than you.

5 years is nothing!

coolred38 said...

If there is the potential for one spouse to be obliged to change the diaper of the other one at some point in the marriage...while still maintaining a friday night get together with friends...then the age gap is a bit much...other than that...we like what we like.

red said...


I'm sorry. Did you say something in this post?

Chaka said...

The older you get the less difference age makes. It's not a problem once you are both older than 20, but if you are a 22 year old guy haning around Jr. High waiting to give your girlfriend a ride home it gets creepy.

Hap said...

My wife's almost nine years younger than I am. Fortunately, I was 30 when I met here, so I barely avoided the time-and-a-half rule.

The daughter of a woman at work apparently met her boyfriend (now husband) when he was in college and she was fourteen. She was probably a mature fourteen (I think she graduated from college at 18-20) but...ewhh?