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Dating a Family Friend

Group Therapy: Attracted to a Family Friend

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I need some advice. I recently met a friend of my aunt's who is 9 years my senior. We spent the whole night flirting etc, I mentioned my attraction to my mother and father and they both said he is to old for me (I am 25 he is 34). I don't see the big deal at all and I am ready to go for it. My only problem is I am not sure how to approach this man because I rarely see him and he is friends with my family. Any ideas or suggestions? He is really an amazing man and I haven't felt this way about someone in a long time or is it a lost cause?

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TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
Looks like your family's already well informed about you liking the guy. I say ignore the age difference. If he's trustworthy (ask your aunt) and responsible, take the chance. Seems like the feeling's mutual, so my advice is to just make yourself visible on functions where he's present. Just be there, be open and outgoing. If he doesn't take the bait, then I guess it was just "flirting" for him and nothing more. You did your part.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I don't think the age difference is an issue but that he is a family friend could pose the problem like others have said. I would wait to see if he contacts you or the next family gathering. Good luck.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I agree with skigurl about waiting for him to pursue you. Personally, I don't think the age difference is a big deal, but the fact that he's a family friend complicates things. If you pursue him and he didn't feel a connection, that could make things very awkward for you at the next family function that he attends not to mention making things awkward with you between your parents (who already stated their opinion) and with your aunt who you persumably have to ask to get his contact information since you don't mention that you exchanged contact information already. Like skigurl said, if he felt a connection that he wants to pursue he will figure out how to get in touch with you. He doesn't have the awkward family boundaries to get through that you have.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
To be honest, I would wait for him to contact you. If he felt the connection and wants to pursue, he will figure out how to do so. If he doesn't, then get excited for the next time you see him at a family function. That's just me though.
flynnN flynnN 7 years
go for it but date privately until it is actually a relationship before you bring him around your family my fiance is 35 and i am 27 so there is a age difference. But there really isnt noone had a problem with it.
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