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Woman A: The longest lasting of these relationships started when I was 18 and he was 40. However, we didn't start dating until I was 18 and he was 36. They split up around 2009 and I didn't hear from him for 18 months. Do you think your age was part of the attraction for him? Woman B: Twenty-seven and he recently turned 42 (we're still together). We discovered we had a lot of interests in common and became good friends. Most of the men I dated more casually at the time were in their 30s. It also made me feel special — this man seemed so much more worldly than the men my age, and the fact that he was interested in me seemed too good to be true. Woman D: Originally I think I was flattered that somebody who had experienced so much of life was interested in me.I was the oracle, remembering each detail from my supporting role. I remember how quiet it was, birds soaring overhead, no other sound. We had gotten in the habit of him driving me home, and my suddenly wanting to make different arrangements seemed to inconvenience everyone. He stopped the car with a jerk, right past the top of my driveway, and I grabbed the door handle and got out. For many years afterward, I took total blame for everything that happened between me and T. It was with this in mind that I began my narrator Sydney's story in . Like me and Sydney, she will most likely yearn for attention at one point or another. But how can I teach her that it is just as OK to need that scrutiny to stop? There was safety in the shadows, but also a kind of darkness. Even worse, I couldn't say why I didn't want to go with him. How wonderful it felt to have an "adult" who valued our opinion; thought we were not just cute but interesting.

My friend (who was my age and in high school with me) worked at a ski resort near us. He's always been attracted to a person's personality. He actually thought I was older than I am, and both his wives were close to him in age.Woman D: I'm now married to a man who is five years older than me so I suppose patterns would say I'm attracted to men older than me.However, after the relationship with the significantly older man ended I vowed to only date close to my age again. In the initial years following, I never really talked about this with anyone other than my high school girlfriends and various therapists. I think it felt good for him that an 18-year-old was choosing to spend time with him.

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