Very well thought out and thought-provoking, Lina. Although, as you said, marriage is no longer for procreation,still I think it's more than companionship - at least for me! I tried dating a gentleman who would have made an excellent companion, but there was no spark there - not even a tiny one. And, you know, I want that spark and I do want to create (not just fit into) a new life together with someone. Maybe I would feel different if I was 80, but then again I'm a fairly young 60 (I started med school to become a physician when I was 44) so perhaps I don't always "act my age", but then again I don't want to always "act my age". I want to not only share time with someone, but share the excitement of being in love with someone. Perhaps it won't quite feel the same as it did at age 20 or 30, but I think it has the potential to feel even better - as we both know ourselves so much better at this age, have accomplished much, communicate better, and now will be moving in to a time when we can focus on each other a bit more than we did when we were so busy with careers! I'm looking forward to this new adventure with someone very special!
Thank you Patricia for a well written post. You took the words out of my mouth. The only thing I need to add to is, the issue of procreation. This is an issue for me because I am 7/7 and I found out from my ob-gyn that all parts involved are still functioning very well together.