However, their age difference could not compensate for my father's insecurity over being with someone who had achieved more academically and professionally than he had.
This revelation soured me against dating any man who was more than a few years older. Last year, after a hiatus from online dating, I decided to return.
Dating much younger women seems to stem from these men's unhealthy and unrealistic obsession with youth – perhaps a way to stave off fears of their own mortality.
In fact, such a lopsided romance is my origin story.
I met Bob at a restaurant on a summer afternoon in 2014.