THE EARLY BIRD...

Elle (Canada) - - Elle Letters -

I en­joyed “Retro Ro­mance Re­vival” [ELLE Re­la­tion­ship, April 2014]. I al­ways knew I wanted to marry and fully ex­pected to meet my part­ner in school, where I would be sur­rounded by ed­u­cated, am­bi­tious sin­gle guys. I met my hus­band at univer­sity when we were both 21, and we were en­gaged at 25. Af­ter 15 years of mar­riage, I ab­so­lutely agree that we grew and “[shaped] each other through those rites of pas­sage.” Sev­eral of my girl­friends, all in their early 40s, are smart, suc­cess­ful and at­trac­tive but did not pri­or­i­tize meet­ing a life part­ner early and are still sin­gle. They are frus­trated with the dat­ing scene, and they all say that, at this stage, the pick­ings seem very slim in­deed. SHIRA CHERNS, MIS­SIS­SAUGA, ONT.

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