Older actors dating younger women
In what I can only imagine was a deliberately cruel move on the part of the school, Judith’s living quarters had been tantalisingly positioned bang next door to the boys’ dormitory, just the other side of a paper-thin wall.
So while we were forced to lie in petrified silence on pain of punishment, Judith could clearly be heard giggling into her phone and dancing along to her transistor radio.
She was his drama teacher, married and 25 years his senior.
I’d grown up with two older sisters so being around more mature women was nothing new but this felt different — very different.
I was 15 years old — the same age French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was when he had his first tentative encounter with wife-to-be, Brigitte Trogneux.
She was his drama teacher, married and 25 years his senior. Being more than twice my age only made my matron seem more intoxicating.
Here was a woman old enough to be my mother tearing a hole in my heart.
All the boys were in love with Judith, but she and I had a special connection, or so I surmised from her flirty glances.
They joshed about desperate, predatory cougars, but what they failed to grasp was that her maturity and solvency meant she no longer had to worry about judging men along shallow lines such as bank balance and career status.
Indeed, my first long-term relationship was with a woman 12 years my senior.
I was 26 when I started dating Ann, a successful 38-year-old TV producer.
Like many boarding school boys forcibly removed from their mother at an early age, I tended to place women on unfeasibly high pedestals.
With her statuesque figure and alabaster skin, Judith wouldn’t have looked out of place atop a Doric column.