Dr. Gwyneth Berke has a perfect life...until one day she walks into her pantry, lets out a little scream of disbelief and begins the following list:
What to do when you find out that your husband is in love with your interior decorator, Brad (or, A Midlife Crisis Checklist):
—Get divorced (this is a must!)
—Quickly discover a lifetime supply of humor (this will also help with your children and your mentally deteriorating father)
—Stop sulking, show a little spirit and start a new life plan (also a must)
—Recruit your two very dear, newly single friends to help you with it
—Don't look back and enjoy the ride!
My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet)
Chapter 1 So, how many times last month did you engage in sexual intercourse?
Elaine Markowitz, a realtor, fifty-two and tummy tucked, shifted uncomfortably in her chair, disturbing the beige and teak tranquility of my office overlooking Baltimores Inner Harbor.
You sure my name isnt going to be published in this article, Dr. Berke? she asked. My mothers still living. She has cataracts, but she reads.
No names. Just numbers, I promise. And its an important study.
Elaine raised a skeptical eyebrow. About sex?
Wed been through this once, but now I clicked off my physician voice and turned on my woman-to-woman voice, warmer and more reassuring. About female sexual interest once we reach menopause. And about our levels of activity and satisfaction. There are so many myths out there. Like Mother Nature flips the switch when we turn fifty and shuts us down. Which I dont for a moment believe, but Id like to prove it. With statistics.
Better. Elaine settled back in her chair.