Calling all Significant Others (not that you’d ever call yourselves that), what do you call…yours? Life Partner feels like there’s a kidney on the auction block. More medical undertones with Live-In Companion. (Did you start dating your aide?) Domestic Partner seems reserved for same sex couples. Companion could be your partner, or your four-legged friend. Better half. Seriously? If you’re cohabitating, the U.S. Census Bureau calls you a POSSLQ (pronounced poss-il-que, referring to Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters). Lady Friend and Gentleman Caller belong in a bygone era of outdated social mores. (I’m sure the Lady Friend is hooking up with her Gentleman Caller.) Plus One? You may end up fighting over who’s the Plus and who’s the One. Unmarried Spouse. Un? Why describe ourselves as something we are not? But unmarried couples over the age of 30 in a committed relationship are forced to face the world without a moniker. Regardless of living arrangements, once a couple passes the stage of dating, it’s difficult to find an appropriate name to call your…
A 56-year old man is not a boyfriend.
Baby Boomers need their labels. In light of the Gray Divorce Revolution with divorces on the rise and marriage rates on the decline, there are lots of mature people out there dating, finding new relationships, but struggling with introductions: “I’d like you to meet my….um….”
What do you call…yours?