Dating a man 18 years older than me

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We talk in terms of a permanent "we"—weshould buy a house, we want to live by the ocean at some point in our lives.

That said, while I know our love is real, because of the age difference and kids question, we're both skittish about talking about the future in definite terms. But I am also okay with not knowing—I know it's enough for today that he and I love each other. Although it's cliché, he loves like he can't get hurt, and seeing that has taught me a lesson I needed to learn.

He's always the one to suggest heading out to the mountains for an all-weekend hike.I got married in my early 20s and divorced a few years later.My experience, plus being friends with so many divorced women, has made me skeptical about love.I used to think of it as this be-all, end-all—you either had the happily-ever-after or it would never work out.But being in an in-between state with Mike—I very much love him, yet understand that neither of us knows our ending—has made it increasingly clear that love isn't that simple.

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