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" I just wanted some casual fun with a classy man who had it together.
As I finished creating my profile, doubts flooded my mind. While scrolling through the site a few days later, a man, John,* messaged me out of the blue.
Not when I was 21, and certainly not as a 51-year-old divorced parent of three.
Perhaps it was my Roman Catholic background that shaped my views on relationships and love, but I used to think the sugar-daddy-sugar baby dynamic was silly and taboo.
At the time, I had joint custody and only saw them two weeks out of the month.
I knew they weren't ever going to meet him, so I didn't feel the need to tell him right off the bat.
But the way he spoke about his career and what he wanted out of our arrangement told me there were no nasty tricks up his sleeve.
No one would ever seek out a 50-year-old sugar baby … John was a 34-year-old business executive from my town.
His "Hello" note was very straightforward, even a bit cold.
Now that I think of it, he threw in an extra 0 every now and again — you know, just to be nice. It wasn't about neon-colored Camaros, colossal diamonds or nights at five-star hotel suites.
He drove a high-end import car, but it wasn't fiery red.