POSSLQ—acronym for “person of opposite sex sharing living quarters”, a term coined in the late 1970s by the United States Census Bureau as part of an effort to more accurately gauge the prevalence of cohabitation in American households.
You live with me, and I with you,
And you will be my POSSLQ.
I’ll be your friend and so much more;
That’s what a POSSLQ is for.
And everything we will confess;
Yes, even to the IRS.
Some day on what we both may earn,
Perhaps we’ll file a joint return.
You’ll share my pad, my taxes, joint;
You’ll share my life – up to a point!
And that you’ll be so glad to do,
Because you’ll be my POSSLQ.
Why my sudden interest in the term? Because of a Christmas letter I received last month from a friend/former boss. I hadn’t heard from him in over a year, and I was delighted to hear that things have been going so well for him.
His wife had been in a nursing home for over two years. She was completely unresponsive but when he was in town he went over and read to her every day, just in case it helped. She died in December 2015, and according to his letter he joined ourtime.com, an online dating site for people over 50. He successfully met a good companion and she has moved in with him. They’ve been doing a lot of traveling — to Yellowstone and around the Southwest in his 20-foot Airstream, a seven-day cruise to Mexico, a nine-day vacation to Iceland and Greenland, etc.
He’s 80 with one great grandchild and she’s 81 with ten great grandchildren. He says they may have to start slowing down a bit, but whatever they do I hope they keep enjoying their golden years. Every time I think of them, my face lights up with a smile. Once again, hurray for the internet!