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As I reported in a magazine article last year, I tried JDating for a month, but bolted after a disastrous date with a man who provided far too much information about his gastric bypass surgery. Others who have taken this route have had varying results.
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Another did find the love of her life, but only after enduring dates. Some women try speed dating, where participants circulate from person to person for brief chats with each.
I know of one woman who met her new love at one such event, but only because neither of them had the energy to get up and move to the next candidate. Encouraged, I attempted to sign up for speed dating, but I was told for the over age bracket there was a six-month waiting list for women but immediate openings for men.
Another popular tactic older women employ is to seek out former boyfriends. I would consider looking up old BBYO or high school beaus — if only I could remember any of their names.
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She ended up dating her brother-in-law after her sister died. Though the combination sounds odd to us now, in biblical times the union was not only common, but also mandatory. I had a child, so no one is obligated to marry me. Or, if I want to hunt for newly minted widowers, I could scour the obituaries and synagogue condolence announcements. When I find a likely candidate, I could show up at the shiva to console the now-eligible widower. Several years ago, when my uncle was widowed, I was amazed at the number of women who actually employed this strategy.
Scores of older single women he barely knew showed up, each one placing a casserole in the refrigerator with her name and phone number. But why wait for the obituary? If I opted for this method, I would beat out the competition and volunteer for hospice. That way I could scope out the potential soon-to-be widowed gentlemen. Upon finding a good catch, I would present him with a homemade kugel, but tell him to put it in the freezer until the time comes.
I said that if we got married she wouldn't end up without a roof over her head because I'd leave everything to her. It's a feeling that must have been all too familiar to farmer Chris Morgan's father, Keith.
They had been introduced two years earlier as pen pals by a local man who had married a Ukrainian - though the first Chris knew of his father's relationship was when he disappeared for six days.
It transpired that he'd gone to visit his 'pen pal' in the Ukraine - and after just two more visits he brought Lidiya home to Wales and married her. And it was to prove a disastrous entanglement for the whole family. But Grandad, my father's dad, was worried and suspicious, like quite a few local people. But Lidiya was an attractive woman - and Keith was infatuated. Lidiya settled in quickly but, according to Chris and his wife Ceri, 39, she soon began making financial demands.
Then she wanted to ice cakes, but she was hopeless at it. Keith's son Chris and his wife Ceri, pictured with their children, have been forced to break up his family estate to pay off Lidiya Soon, relations within the family and community became strained. Then, according to the family, Lidiya stopped socialising with her husband as well.
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But it was her cost of living which proved hardest for Keith to handle. So you'd think, then, that at least domestic supplies would have been plentiful. Not so, says Ceri: I got suspicious as he was giving her a good wedge of housekeeping money, but she wouldn't buy anything for the house.
And yet, despite this, Chris says Keith still lavished her with gifts - such as a Vauxhall Corsa - and even funded a generous pension for her. The promised repayments, they insist, never arrived. Yet Keith continued with the marriage, despite being upset by his wife's strange behaviour and long, unexplained absences - when she would disappear for hours on end.
One likely explanation was she was meeting other men: But she had to go.
When the divorce was finalised inLidiya moved out. The family feels the timing, weeks before the divorce settlement was due in court, was no coincidence because he was under extreme stress.
He was only 64 when he passed away and should have lived another 20 years. Meanwhile, while this court case was still going on, Lidiya had struck up her relationship with Peter Barnes, who was to become her next husband - and feeding him the story of her misery at being a widow. It was a heck of a strain as I live off my pension, but I was trying to support her as best I could.
It makes me so embarrassed now to think I fell for it.