Women age faster than men

My dad told me.

He was preparing to break up with Mom then.

It was more than two decades ago, in the fall of 1998. I was eighteen. He was the age I am now, plus-minus — around forty.

At that point, my parents had been together for almost twenty years and I can’t complain about growing up in a broken family. Though they married very young — when they were just nineteen — it wasn’t “young” by Soviet measures. I know Mom was deeply in Love with Dad — she told me that — and, throughout the twenty years of their marriage, her love never…