The Middle Ages: 40

Conversations between middle-aged people and teenagers tend to be a little awkward, probably because we have so much in common.

and again

I just had dinner with a bunch of middle-aged men who spent a large portion of the night marveling over the fact that almost every 25-year-old woman in the world is insanely attractive. “When I was young, I was so picky, but now I think, All of these girls are hot,” one of them said. Of course, when you’re 40 years old and married with kids, raving about 25-year-olds is a little bit like fixating on the prettiest girl in school.

–Heather Havrilesky, former Salon TV critic, on step-parenting and other things

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