Sunday, December 19, 2010

Not 20, 30 but 40-something This Time!

Although this blog has always focused on the my galavanting 20-something co-workers, the following is a story of a 40-something co-worker of mine. I had not seen him in almost three months, I knew a lot could happen in three months but I did not expect this;

"So basically I have not lived in the house for about six weeks," said my 40-something co-worker, "I met [generic female name] a little less than two months ago on the internet and I moved right in."

Parents tend to worry about this very thing happen to their children, mainly teenagers, and especially vulnerable teenage girls. I should mention at this point that my 40-something co-worker has two teenage daughters, 14 and 17 years old.

"I'm flying my girls out at Christmas to meet her. I'm telling you this is the best relationship of my life, we except each other for who we are and do not try to change one another."

"Well that is awesome I am glad to hear it," I responded.

Although this may sound like I am commenting on his parenting, I am trying to comment on the issues of adults. Generally adults do have better judgement than teenagers, but it does not change the fact that moving in with some one you had known for less than two weeks does not give you a lot of time to get to know some one. Not only has my 40-something co-worker been through a divorce, but less than six months ago he broke up a girlfriend that his daughters were living with while he was working out of state. To jump from relationship to relationship, and bed to bed is usually something I complain about 20-somethings doing, but I guess it does not end in your 20s.

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