France is the land of lovers, right? Au contraire. A new AARP poll shows that older
Americans are more passionately in love than the amorous French
Illustrations by Yulia Brodskaya
AH, TO BE YOUNG AND in love. There’s nothing better—except to be older and in love.
Meet Randy Wilson, 60, a financial
strategist in Raleigh, North Carolina,
and his wife, Simone, a 56-year-old
artist. Simone is telling the spark-filled story of the night they met. “I
was doing a two-step with my dad at
this funky bar, and this big ol’ Texan
asked me to dance,” recalls Simone.
“For me, it was all over at first sight.”
Randy strokes her cheek. “I’m still
head over heels,” he says.
So sweet. And the still-sizzling
Wilsons are not, it turns out, romantic
rarities—at least not in America.
How do we know? It started with
a recent French survey, which found
that 71 percent of French citizens ages
50 to 64 are “currently in love.” In our
style, we wondered how the United
States stacks up, because we all know
the stereotypes: the French love
romance and Americans love money;
they’re poetry-spouting romantics
whereas we’re red-white-and-prude
fuddy-duddies; they hold each other