The Ballad of Mrs. Robinson

Posted: May 9, 2012 in family, hope, love, me, parents, rant

   I’m often told I look about 10 years younger than I am. With the life I’ve experienced, genetics have been my preservative and the bane of my existence. I can offer no explanation for my youthful looks and disposition aside from that reason coupled with insane and inexplicable optimism.

  My non-matching appearance and age, along with the Cougar Phenomenon, have changed the demographics of my dating life. I attract youngsters. To no avail, I disclose my age as a deterrent, yet find myself twisted up with younger guys. The late 30s sex drive, not having children and my high energy level make these matches fairly logical and comfortable. But I’m still floored these guys seem to pursue me harder when they’re informed of my age.

  I have a theory. It’s my opinion, that the Cougar trend comes from these guys being the first generation of men who were raised my mothers who worked full time. “Mommy Issues” are the new “Daddy Issues.” While little Madison has gold poles and red shag carpet waiting with her name on it, little Cody doesn’t. Well, not usually.

  I’ve written a lot of Cougar jokes. “I’m so dedicated to being a Cougar, I only fuck guys with a dead parent and have mastered the chocolate chip cookie.” Funny? Maybe. But, really, these guys need a hug! They go from momma love anorexia to girlfriends and wives who will never ever be enough. In adulthood, they are still maintaining the child’s ignorant hope that mommy will put them on the tit and apologize for all the pumping and formula. Since mothers are people of the guilty cloth, I’ve become certain they don’t really know how neglected their own son felt and feels.

  These are the same mothers perplexed by the mistreatment of their sons in a sad, steady, predictable beat. Doing too much for them in adulthood to make up for childhood conditions these boys are going from affection starvation to being over-loved. So in turn, these poor souls accept their girlfriends being detached, unappreciative, and failing to reciprocate.

   These are the same girls whose mothers left them for work too. Their model is a frustrated, exhausted, either independent or codependent, emotionally tapped woman who is usually doing the best she can or at least thinks she is. They’re also, more often than not, single. The frosting on this cake of disaster is the complete ignorance of a relationship that runs on something other than dysfunction.

   While my boyfriends have been running around serial dating and attempting the Houdini-esque Build a Bear: Family Edition, I was  giving up on finding my dad in others and hopes for any semblance of family, let alone a healthy one. The natural course of action on my part, you’d assume would be to mother my boyfriend. And there in lies the ruinous rub. I’m not going to. Unless it came from my uterus, an expensive purchase of a human or an animal rescue, I’m not raising anything.

  It may seem cold to think such a fragile man, void of maternity and often paternity, is capable of matching me in an adult-like manner, but society dictates my unrealistic expectations. My absentee father was at work or in our basement, not across town with a new family. My mom only worked out of absolute necessity or to busy herself. She was present, involved and supported by a guy whose mom stayed home and raised him.

  The dynamic in my relationships end up being a sort of Frankenstinian hybrid or a mutated abomination. Neither of us know our role. The pendulum swings from societal feminism to societal masculinity, inside of both of us. Oedipus would drop his jaw and wonder the whereabouts of the humanity in the situation.

  The only hope we have as a pair, is to define for ourselves, the meaning of heterosexual coupling. This often means I kill spiders, help switch out an alternator and take my place as big spoon while he listens to Adele, uses cucumber melon bath wash, and runs to the store to get my tampons. My lovely, energetic, chivalrous young man is often the sensitive cherry in my shit sundae day. I am often his grounding point and welcoming bosom.

  I read things online, hear on the news and eaves drop conversations about gay marriage, interracial relationships and divorce rates. Constant debate, stigmas, and busy body government have smashed any hope of the world loving love. If anyone deserves to be jaded, it’s me. If anyone qualifies to judge, it isn’t me. Besides, I’m too busy being in love. Yes he’s younger. Yes we’re both damaged by the destruction of families, Nosey Nellies, and the search for the key to life and loves codex. Yet here we are. Man and woman. Unified. Whatever that means. To US.

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Comments
  1. I dig your stuff, chica! Kudos to you for telling it like it is. And cheers to you and your Boo… ❤

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