What I want in a man at age 32, 42, 52, 62 and 72 51



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What I want in a man, original list

1. Handsome

2. Charming 

3. Financially successful

4. A caring listener

5. Witty

6. In good shape

7. Dresses with style

8. Appreciates finer things

9. Full of thoughtful surprises 

What I want in a man, revised list (age 32) 

1. Nice looking

2. Opens car doors, holds chairs

3. Has enough money for a nice dinner 

4. Listens more than talks

5. Laughs at my jokes

6. Carries bags of groceries with ease

7. Owns at least one tie

8. Appreciates a good home-cooked meal

9. Remembers birthdays and anniversaries 

What I want in a man, revised list (age 42) 

1. Not too ugly

2. Doesn’t drive off until I’m in the car

3. Works steady – splurges on dinner out occasionally

4. Nods head when I’m talking

5. Usually remembers punch lines of jokes

6. Is in good enough shape to rearrange the furniture 

7. Wears a shirt that covers his stomach

8. Knows not to buy champagne with screw-top lids

9. Remembers to put the toilet seat down

10. Shaves most weekends 

What I want in a man, revised list (age 52) 

1. Keeps hair in nose and ears trimmed

2. Doesn’t belch or scratch in public

3. Doesn’t borrow money too often

4. Doesn’t nod off to sleep when I’m venting

5.. Doesn’t re-tell the same joke too many times

6.. Is in good enough shape to get off the couch on weekends

7. Usually wears matching socks and fresh underwear

8. Appreciates a good TV dinner

9. Remembers your name on occasion

10. Shaves some weekends 

What I want in a man, revised list (age 62) 

1. Doesn’t scare small children

2. Remembers where bathroom is

3. Doesn’t require much money for upkeep

4. Only snores lightly when asleep, doesn’t fart in public

5. Remembers why he’s laughing

6.. Is in good enough shape to stand up by himself

7. Usually wears some clothes

8. Likes soft foods

9. Remembers where he left his teeth

10. Remembers that it’s the weekend 

What I want in a man, revised list (age 72) 

1. Breathing

2. Doesn’t miss the toilet

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  1. Lol! I truly have nothing against men yet there is no way I want one. Good luck girls!

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    • I was about to say that I don’t need the aggravation, but you beat me to it. I’m straight, but at this point, I think men aren’t necessarily worth all the maintenance!!!

  2. Well I can see why I am on my own, LOL.

  3. if you are still looking for perfection at this age, there is something wrong with you…no body is perfect….and your hopes & desires should change as you get older

  4. I am certainly not looking for perfection! I am not looking at all and if anyone looks in my direction, I run a mile!
    I dont mind a chat. People of like mind or adventurous are interesting, male or female.

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  5. I am straight too Karen de Chabert. I have friends with husbands and old men seem so grumpy and high maintenance, I am much happier on my own. And they admit to envying me at tines!

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    • I’ve also never been married, but it seems like men are surprisingly more fragile than some of my women friends! I’m in my mid 60s. It’s time to simplify, not complicate my life!

    • It is amazing how many grumpy old men there are about. Also it seems they have to have a partner while (most) women can cope and be happy in their own company.

  6. Men I believe are more fragile than women. It shows more as they age, many of them do need a woman who is a carer or a wife in their lives.

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