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Senior First Date Variations


My first glimpse of PASHA was on my front door step — totally against the rules, I know. A vulnerable senior woman should arrange the first meeting in a public place, on the chance her senior man might be the new Boston Strangler.

But because we had been introduced by friends and family, and because we had spoken for hours on the phone, I was not afraid to skip the usual Starbucks drill and invite PASHA to my home (our children learned about this later, and they were appalled).


PASHA appeared on the stoop with two big bags of groceries. He was so nervous he almost fell over backwards trying to extract a bouquet of tulips from one of the bags. He wouldn’t yield to the obvious impulse to come inside, put the bags down, and present the flowers with aplomb. It was an awkward, silly scene, and when he finally freed the bouquet and managed to thrust it in my direction, we both burst out laughing.

PASHA gave me a big hug, looked deeply into my eyes, hugged me again, brushed aside my bangs and planted a kiss on my forehead. Then he made his way to the kitchen as though he’d lived there for decades. He announced that he’d prepare the most delicious meal I’ve ever eaten. Did I mention that PASHA is brash and full of surprises? You don’t know the half of it.

I was skeptical as he began emptying the grocery bags, but he handed me some biscotti he’d made and insisted that I taste. He waited expectantly.  When I said they were awesome (because they were!) he returned to grocery unpacking. “These go in the refrigerator,” he said, assertively. I obediently transferred the provisions to the fridge and waited for further orders.


The meal was delicious, the company was enchanting. When we finished dessert, he reached for my hand and held it in his with just enough confidence to make it seem natural, not contrived. He’s got strong hands, penetrating eyes, and an unruly shock of grey hair that is not yet, I’m happy to say, a comb-over.

holding hands dinner

PASHA not only cooks, he cleans up. The kitchen was spotless when he took his leave. His goodnight kiss had just enough passion in it to make me believe we’d be together again sometime soon. Waiting……

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'Senior First Date Variations' have 2 comments

  1. January 18, 2011 @ 11:22 am Sienna

    I sure am!!! Check out the rest of the PASHA entries (Dating Gallery on the left side of this page).

  2. November 4, 2010 @ 1:10 pm Madame X

    This is such a nice story. I really wish you good luck with PASHA and can’t wait to hear more.

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