Time will tell as to whether Satisfaction will remain true to its premise of showing us how the lines of individual and joint development evolve over time. For the moment, it's a relief to have a break from the usual midlife silliness and instead to explore this important period of life's deeper themes.
You've seen the ads for Cialis and Viagra showing that all it takes to bring the sex back into the relationships of the fifty-plus is a little pill. However, these medications aren't for everyone, nor do they necessarily work. Some couples, as they age, may at some point have to come to grips with the fact that the sex in their relationship will never be what it was in the past.
Mark was a smoker when we met 19 years ago, and he's smoked ever since. I wish he didn't, but I can't convince him to stop. The first boy I ever fell for, at 17, was also a smoker. It went along with his scruffy, adorable 'bad boy' vibe. I loved those smoky kisses. Now I'm 59, and what was irresistibly edgy in a 17-year-old boy seems idiotic and self-destructive in a man pushing 60.