Downshire Diary – (37) Age Appropriate (Part 07)
So Jayne and Robin, at the age of 59 and 64 respectively, finally both got their wish answered and they had their first date a week later which presented them both with more concerns.
Whenever you reach a certain age in life you will have acquired to a greater or lesser degree an unfortunate body shape and gravity becomes your enemy and a simple mirror becomes something to be avoided.
He never had doubts when he was dating the local widows and spinsters in Purplemere or even during his torrid affair with Bendy Wendy, not that she gave him time to think.
But on that occasion the image in the mirror dented his self-confidence, because that time it really mattered.
It was completely irrational, after all it was the same out of shape middle-aged body that had served him well enough.
His face had stood the test of time and he was genuinely quite presentable for his age when dressed in an expensive suit, it was just when he was out of it he was likely to scare the animals.
He really liked Jayne and he was hoping that would be reciprocated by the not unattractive divorcée Jayne Keeling.
Jayne had been having much the same internal discussion as she stood before her own mirror the only difference was that she had been doing it for three hours longer.
Her body was in quite good shape she hadn’t given birth or had a hysterectomy so her body had not reached the level of decline that some of her contemporary’s had.
Plus since she had been put through a long intimate summer workout by the gardening Estate Agent five years earlier which had kept her well limbered up, she had maintained a strict workout regime.
Finally she deemed herself satisfied with the final look, she just hoped it would suffice for him.
She had high hopes of Robin Jeffrey, she was hopeful he might fill the hole in her life.
Jayne had spent five hours getting ready which involved applying endless lotions, potions, creams and balms as well as expensive underwear.
And all the time she was dressing she was imagining Robin undressing her.
And when she looked at the final result of her efforts in the mirror she had no doubts at that moment she would get her man.
The date went very well, dinner at the Cloche Hat in Dulcet-on-Brooke and then back to Jayne’s for coffee.
The kiss came while they waited for the kettle to boil and the moment their lips met Robin was more concerned about bringing Jayne to the boil.
They were both strangely nervous so Jayne went upstairs on her own to prepare herself and Robin followed ten minutes later.
“That’s more like it” Robin said to himself as they lay cuddling in the afterglow and Jayne thought to herself
“That was very acceptable”
They had made love for the first time, and that was the difference, making love was so much nicer than just having sex.
And as they lay in the darkness they had the most banal and trivial conversations which lasted into the small hours and when they had finished instead of making love again they just cuddled up and went to sleep.
There would be plenty of time for more love making and many other interesting conversations.