How I Used

How I Used a Rich Older Man to Help Me Get Over Being Dumped: Part 2

Patrick was leav­ing for Hawaii a week before me, so, the night before he left, we had din­ner in a Mex­i­can restau­rant where he had arranged for me to be ser­e­naded. He handed me my first-class ticket, along with cab fare to get to the air­port. I knew I was begin­ning to feel a bit uncom­fort­able about the whole sit­u­a­tion and I’m sure he sensed it. After all, he had this strange […]

How I Used a Rich, Older Man to Help Me Get Over Being Dumped: Part 1

I first met Patrick when I was 31—he was 55—and I had never dated what most would call an “older man.” I moved to Chicago a few years before meet­ing him and had fallen in love with a pro­fes­sional foot­ball player who was actu­ally younger than I was. That romance burned to ashes as quickly as the flames leapt in the begin­ning. I did not cope well with him want­ing to break […]