If you're ever after a bit of dating advice, you could do worse than to ask a grandparent - they've usually been through it all by their age.
One sage 94-year-old, Eileen, had some particularly succinct advice for her granddaughter Katie O’Connor.
WHEN 29-YEAR-OLD Katie O’Connor went looking for dating advice, she didn’t have to look too far.
Her granny Eileen tells her to get herself to a dance, and to “cheer up, you’ll meet a big man one day and you won’t know what to do with him”.
“We were always close, but I didn’t know as many details about her past,” Stollak says.
And Gail says it was about time to open up about the good stuff.
There was the man so shy he could barely speak, and a smug, self-professed “globetrotter” who had barely traveled and insulted her job at the time, being a cocktail waitress.
“You just weren’t into him.” When it comes to dating, most twentysomethings want to leave their family — and their advice — out of it. Heartbroken over the end of a four-year relationship, the lower East Side resident, now 26, decided to jump into online dating — and managed to convince her granny to give it a try as well. He just wasn’t marriage material, Granny suggested.“They don’t want to drive because maybe they can’t at night, so they want to have lunch. “If it’s not close to at least a year, I don’t want to bother with them.Or they’ll have coffee in the afternoon.” That’s not always easy for Gail, who says she feels young and likes to “do things and go places.” Even in the senior dating pool, the eternal problem of the younger woman persists. Let them go through their mourning.” As for Stollak working as a TV writer and cheerfully dating, though not online.When the online dating experiment began, she was still emotionally hung up on the married man and had even called him recently.Delving into online dating helped Stollak connect with her grandmother and learn more about her life.