One afternoon this previous August, I drove to Malibu to spend a number of hours observing The Golden Bachelor‘s Gerry Turner on his first group date with 12 girls. This was pre-contestant announcement, so I had no concept who the ladies have been, what they regarded like, or how previous they have been. As ready as I usually prefer to be, the plus-side was having no preconceived notions of who I used to be speaking to, or what their story was. If something, I now blame myself for being cynical that we would get the standard Bachelor contestants, simply ‘older.’
Enter Susan Noles, a 66-year-old marriage ceremony officiant and make-up and hair stylist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wearing scorching pink ‘70s apparel with a flower energy headband, peace signal earrings, and pink-tinted spherical glasses, I wasn’t positive if Susan introduced this ensemble on her journey, or if she requested it. (As I discovered from final night time’s episode, it was garments picked out by manufacturing for a romance novel cowl shoot, and the women had to decide on the outfit that almost all spoke to them.)
Upon assembly Susan, she gave me a giant hug earlier than proclaiming along with her massive, East Coast voice, “I’m 66 years previous and so excited and having fun with each second of this journey!”
Having interviewed Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants for a decade, it is a line I’ve heard many occasions earlier than, minus the age half. But it surely felt totally different coming from Susan. There was a sincerity to her declaration and I felt it.
Maybe it was as a result of minutes earlier, I met Natascha, a 60-year-old pro-aging coach and midlife speaker from New York (aspect observe: Gerry, we have to speak; why on earth did you ship this joyous girl house?!). Once I commented how splendidly festive she regarded, Natascha stated, “I did not do my very own make-up right now.” I anticipated her to say that the present introduced in knowledgeable make-up artist, however as soon as once more, disgrace on me. “We have now a girl in our home who’s a hairstylist, a make-up artist, and she or he additionally cooks,” Natascha revealed. “Her title is Susan. She’s achieved virtually everybody’s hair in the home. She did my make-up for me.”
I hadn’t even met Gerry but, and I can truthfully say that is the second I fell in love with The Golden Bachelor.