Oh, Beth, how I believe you! I’ve already noticed a difference between 42 and 46!
You are so right about living in a small town, too. That definitely impacts dating options, especially for women older than 40 (and beyond).
I thank you for the kind compliment and am so pleased that you responded today. And, for the record, how have I not used “peril” or “perilous” before?!? I feel confident an extrapolation of one of those will rear its head in a forthcoming story! I acknowledge you on the front end for gifting me that terminology!