Living Apart Together
It all comes down to this. Many elderly couples embrace the idea of companionship. In fact, they are big fans of falling in love and enjoying each other’s company. But there is a caveat. They want the benefits of a relationship while living under separate roofs. They are highly committed to each other but desire personal space and independence.
With the doubling of the divorce rate for those 55 and older many are looking for a new long-term partner without the financial entanglements and relationships with adult children. Susan Brown is co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Hot Air reports that Brown surveyed over two-thousand adults ages 50 to 65 with one third reporting being in a long-term relationship but living apart.
Many couples are in LAT relationships. Living Apart Together. On another note: There are couples engaged in LAT relationships who do so to save their marriage and to help them explore their own identities.
One “Loser” of a Birthday Cake
When ordering a birthday cake for a child, parents take a considerable amount of time thinking what exactly should be inscribed on the cake. Imagine Melinda Jones’ reaction when she went to pick up her daughter’s cake and discovered the following written on top: Happy Birthday Loser. It should have said-Happy Birthday Lizard-a nickname for her daughter.
What was the mom’s reaction? Was she angered or frustrated? No, she says. At first she was a little shocked and speechless but quickly started laughing. Jones said her daughter cannot read yet and she doesn’t even know what a loser is. The family proudly ate the loser cake and then went back to the bakery to tell them what happened. The mother was given a complimentary cake with the words-Happy Birthday Elizabeth on it. You might say the family not only had its cake but ate two of them.
Source: Gary R’nel
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