About Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen
This book explores what seems to be the last taboo in movies and TV. sensuality after sixty, The author describes her “coming of old age” adventures in a hilarious book of stories about dates on a clothing optional beach with a retired Royal Grenadier to a movie shoot with an amateur director, to a real romance with a late-in-life true love. She hopes to inspire the older crowd to drop some of their inhibitions and get more enjoyment out of life after sixty and also give younger readers something to look forward to in the future.
Lila: When I told my friends I was writing a book about senior sex, they thought I meant a book for high school seniors.
“Not exactly,” I blushed and went on to explain that my true romance stories were about men and women past sixty. They were surprised.
They giggled with embarrassment at first and then couldn’t suppress their curiosity about older people like their parents, grandparents, and me, yearning for love and romance in our senior years.
It seems to be the last taboo in film and TV. These days we think nothing of seeing mixed races or gay and lesbian couples making love, but when was the last time you saw two older people enjoying sex?
My stories are culled from my own experiences and those I hear in beauty salons and from friends over whispered lunches and in the women’s locker room of the YMCA.
A 78-year-old widow friend told me while we were doing chair exercises how she was asked out by a friend who had known her since high school.
She expressed all the excitement and anxieties a twenty-year-old might have about going to bed with him. Her glowing face and wide smile at the gym a week later told us she was into a hot and heavy romance, which gave all of the jealous sixty and seventy-year-olds something to look forward to.
Love is a young emotion, at whatever age it’s felt. Sexual satisfaction might involve a little more patience and creativity and help from the gynecologist and urologist. The sense of little time to waste when one is older means no time for inhibitions and fears to get in the way of pleasure.
No kids, no birth control pills, no work demands to keep you from enjoying a glass of wine, soft jazz from the iPod and a little late afternoon lovemaking. No need to wait until Saturday night. He can be younger. She can be overweight.
The most important ingredient isn’t Viagra and vaginal lubricant, but a robust sense of humor, no matter your age or gender, whether you’re involved in a sexual activity or reading these stories. I have included a few pre-sixty romances which were fraught with more inhibitions and expectations than the freedom felt in my later years feeling like a prom queen enjoying the attention of elderly courtly gentlemen or the playfulness of some younger “dudes” in their early seventies.
About Lila Lee Silvern
LIla Lee Silvern is a retired educator who directed a program for immigrant students, created many educational materials, and also appeared in a TV series, “The World Comes to Los Angeles”.
After retiring from a long career as a writer of educational materials for children, Lila Lee Silvern created a new image of herself entertaining at a weekly story salon held at a local coffee house.
She was surprised to learn that her young audiences were delighted with her seven minute, ribald stories about seniors still enjoying sex, romance and a good laugh about themselves.
She hoped to inspire the older crowd to drop some of their inhibitions, get more enjoyment out of life after sixty, and give the younger people a more hopeful look at the future. Sensuality after sixty seems to be the last taboo that TV and the movies seem reluctant to explore. This book may embarrass some, but hopefully it will titillate others to drop a few hang ups and grab what’s left of their lives with gusto and giggles.
Lila Lee Silvern is a graduate of the UCLA Theatre Arts Department and received a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education from California State University. Northridge. She has had educational materials published and appeared in a KLCS series called, “The World Comes to Los Angeles.” She is the mother of two sons.