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Widower’s view of women over 60 hits nerve

Regarding Alan Liere’s March 3l Front Porch article (“Holding another’s hand makes the difference”), I feel compelled to respond as a woman and one who has also lost a spouse after many years.

I found his perspective as a 60-year-old widower interesting, at times humorous and certainly empathize with many of his thoughts about this uncertain journey. But I do think Alan hit a nerve among many of us over-60 females when he stated that in meeting women of this age, he feared “she might be much too uptight, much too mature” and he would be “critical of” her “imperfections.” Ouch!

The women I know are beautiful. They know who they are, enjoy life, remain spontaneous, are confident, stay active and possess a sense of humor about themselves and others. Imperfections? Boy, Alan, at age 62 I’m sure relieved that I still have my own “choppers,” can walk the dog and the golf course, see those “tiny” wrinkles as laugh lines and with the help of my “cheater” reading glasses can work the daily Jumble … and know that before I’m put out to pasture, I have a few good years left.

Jeanne Goss


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