celibacy, life, love, relationships, wedding, women

Marrying late (against all odds)


Is it possible to get married for the first time at a late age? Yes. In 2012, an 88-year-old home resident got married for the first time to a fellow resident she met just six months earlier. One of my coworkers got married at 51 after living as a bachelor since he started working. His union was fragile at the beginning, because he wasn’t faithful to his new wife. He had an affair with a journalist from our newsroom. They tried to hide their affair but once a fellow journalist and I bumped into them while they were shopping hand in hand together. But he ended his affair, and his lover has developed a true hate for every of her coworkers since then. My coworker has stuck to his wife. He’s about to retire now, but wants to wait for her to retire so they can be together.

One of my mother’s friend got married at the first time at 61, to a widow she met at a ballroom dance class. She used to work abroad as a nurse, changing country regularly. But her sister got breast cancer and she decided to come back to our country to be close to her. Eventually, her sister recovered. She decided to stay.

It’s never too late to get married. But it’s against the odds. Past a certain age, the likelihood of staying single forever is increasing dramatically.  One of my friends is convinced that men above 35 are reluctant to commit. That’s why she advised me and her other single friends to look for younger men. I’m not convinced a 30-year-old guy is more likely to commit than a 45-year-old man.  Maybe younger men are more easily convinced to get married than their older counterpart. With age, we tend to be less flexible and vulnerable, and to be more satisfied to be single.

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