Irina Pino

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HAVANA TIMES — It’s often been said that relationships between people of different ages lead to generational clashes. While this is true and this is what ensues most of the time, it is also true young women are often attracted by men over 40 and vice-versa. This leads to a kind of enchantment, as in the case of the famous couple, Charles Chaplin and Oona O’Neill (he was 54 and she was 18). But this is not the case I want to talk about.

The story is quite close to me. A young neighbor of mine who has sought spiritual advice from me fell in love with a mature man, someone we met one night when we went to Havana’s Fabrica de Arte gallery and cultural venue.

We first saw him at the theater. Then, we went with him to a rock concert in the same venue. The man invited us to drinks and then to have a pizza at the bar. He was very kind, we had a conversation out on the patio, about art and thousand other things. He is a graphic designer and has money. He is also a highly educated man, which allows him to have a fluid conversation about different subjects, making him even more attractive.

Laura (not her real name) was smitten with the man, who even took us home in his car. I, of course, realized he liked my friend, as he couldn’t keep his eyes off her, following her with his eyes when she went away. She found it next to impossible to maintain a conversation with him, as she doesn’t like reading and doesn’t go to the movies. Generally speaking, she isn’t too cultured and is only interested in having fun. She’s lazy and thinks learning anything is a waste of time.

Finally, they went out. He took her to museums and to restaurants. They had sex, lots of sex, or so she tells me. Immediately, he asked her to move in with him, for he had fallen in love with her. Laura was also in love. He was a marvelous, protective man who worried about her and treated her to whatever she pleased. She was the apple of his eye. She had no need to study or work, as he gave her all the money she needed.

I didn’t think that was going to last, because of the age difference and their different aims in life.

I stopped seeing her, as, every time I phoned her to arrange something, she would tell me she was on her way out, that they were off to a house on the beach for the weekend and so on and so forth.

We became a bit distant. I didn’t see her for months, until one day, while passing by her apartment, I decided to pay her a visit out of the blue.

She told me everything, while weeping from shame. At first, it looked like true love, until he suggested having threesomes with young girls and men, both young and mature. The worst part is that she had agreed, to please him, and become his sex toy. She was disgusted by those orgies.

I told her to press charges, but she refused. She’s already 23 and he hadn’t forced her to do it, he had only convinced her using intelligent arguments.

Even though I suggested she end that unhealthy relationship, she stayed with him for some time. She had developed a kind of dependence and her self-esteem had been undermined. She needed therapy and I offered to take her somewhere. She became violent and threw me out of the house.

Later, a common friend told me she had left the man, but the damage had already been done.


Irina Pino

Irina Pino: I was born in the middle of shortages in those sixties that marked so many patterns in the world. Although I currently live in Miramar, I miss the city center with its cinemas and theaters, and the bohemian atmosphere of Old Havana, where I often go. Writing is the essential thing in my life, be it poetry, fiction or articles, a communion of ideas that identifies me. With my family and my friends, I get my share of happiness.

2 thoughts on “Of Love and its Surprises

  • First of all she was a child, not a young woman. She had not lived enough to understand who she was herself. As an older man he knew what his intentions were, and they we not admirable. If she were older and had the opportunity to experience being wined and dined by someone more age appropriate she would better be able to see through this man. And at that point she would realize his true intentions, and cut him off.
    I do believe that a younger woman and an older man can have a passionate and loving relationship once they are past the facade of the superficial, and material levels of life.
    I believe that once a female turns 35 or 40 she has seen and done a lot more on her own and will not need all the superficial or material items money can buy, … simply because she can get them on her own. Then the true reason for being with an older Gentleman (not a want to be porn star), will bring new dimension to the situation. The man will feed from her strengths and she will feed from his strengths.
    I myself have daughters her age, so I have a better idea of the shortcomings of trying to train a girl to be a woman and would not pursue a relationship with someone who wasn’t more worldly.
    If I were to pursue a younger woman, (a more worldly woman) it would because our spirits were in tune. “This is what makes a relationship work.” Let’s be true to our spirits not our whims.

    With Much Love
    Brenton

  • I just ended “my marriage” with a Cubanita, 33 yrs my junior. It caused me a whole lot of heartache. I treated her like my queen, I was completely enamored and infatuated with her, never asked her to do anything other than be a loving wife, but once I brought her to the U.S.(after 4 years of trying), it was “adios” within 2 months after her arrival. She left, despite the fact that she would have been able to a enjoy a life of luxury and bliss. My intention was to travel the world with her AND put her through college so that she could become independant and have a life of her own. But at the end, none of that seemed to matter to her. So, I’m sorry to say that your friend ended up getting the short end of the stick, but even when the “older” man has nothing but noble intentions, it wouldn’t work out at the end. I am living proof 🙁

    Your friend’s relationship sounds like a sad story, but he ended up sticking it to her, before she could stick it to him, and I have no doubt that this is a scenario that repeats itself continuously: When a older man gets involved with a much younger woman, most of the time, one of them ends up getting the shaft at the end.

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