Dating Over 40: Still Shaking Her Booty at 88

I went to breakfast Sunday morning at the diner in town. After i got in line, a small older woman came through the door. As she entered, she put her hands above her head, shook her hips and said, "I’m 88 today!" Then, in walked her 92 year old husband.

They sat at a table with others to celebrate her birthday and I couldn’t help but over hear how the couple had been married for 67 years.

SIXTY SEVEN YEARS?!? Wow that’s a long time. I’ve been married now for 8 years and we’ll never have that longevity because we started too late. But I am impressed on many levels with this lady.

First of all – she was SO happy to be 88 that she danced in the diner lobby. Think about that. I didn’t do any dance this year and I’m only 51 (oooh did I just admit that?)  But this woman announced her years in front of several perfect strangers and did a jig to boot. She didn’t amble in all crotchety and bummed out about her age – she celebrated out loud! Very inspiring.

Second, her husband of 67 years was close behind and smiling too. How nice is that?

Third, she had people to share a birthday breakfast with and open gifts. They all seemed to be having a very good time.

This whole episode made my Sunday and I’m still thinking about it today. When you notice or find couples who inspire you – really take it in and give thanks. Every time that scene comes to mind, it makes me smile and feel her happiness all over again. I hope I can be like that as I age – enjoying every moment and spreading good cheer. I’m making it my goal to start today!

Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. So, she made a few tweaks and then dated 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late for Love to help other smart, successful women find love too! Her mission is to share her proven dating advice  and keen insights about men with women everywhere who are serious about finding love with the right man. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000’s of midlife women with her Love & Dating Coach services. She’s been featured on BBC’s 5 Live Radio, NBC, ABC, and Fox News, NPR, eHarmony,,, Connecticut Magazine among others around the world. An established author, you can find her 6 books on Amazon.

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