You're absolutely right, it did sound rude. Pretty much all of it. But I've come to accept that people will be rude. C'est la vie. That's their problem, not mine.
You seem to have come to the conclusion that I believe myself entitled to something or someone. Or that I would expect someone to cater to me in some way. Nothing could be further from the truth. I would never dream of limiting someone in the pursuit of their dreams or living their very best life. On the other hand, I expect the same sort of consideration. The dating world, as I experienced it, didn't offer anything like that. And I haven't dated since.
I do know what I lost though. And for a while I kinda hoped I could have a little bit of that back. But you can't bring the love of a lifetime back. And I realize it's unfair of me to even hope for such a thing. But I have no intention of sitting around fondling my memories. Life is an adventure and I intend to wring every last bit of life out of it. Even if I have to do it all solo.
I'm not bitter. And I'm not fed up. I was a little lost there for a while. But, I was given the gift of a lifetime. I just didn't get to have it for my whole lifetime. It was a gift nonetheless. And I have four children and two grandchildren to remind me every day of how truly fortunate I have been in this life.
Now, if you'll excuse me, this Dick has a van to build and a cross country trip to plan. I won't be hanging out anywhere for long during my twilight years.