COLUMN. Single daddy Jeroen (48) is looking for a date via Tinder: “Thirties? Been there, done that. Conclusion: no more” | Nina

COLUMN. Single daddy Jeroen (48) is looking for a date via Tinder: “Thirties? Been there, done that. Conclusion: no more” | Nina
COLUMN. Single daddy Jeroen (48) is looking for a date via Tinder: “Thirties? Been there, done that. Conclusion: no more” | Nina

Twice a year journalist and single father Jeroen Vermeiren (48) ventures on the dating app Tinder. Each time he has new hope. But it is always a continuous challenge, if you ask him. “Almost always there is a series of conditions that you are expected to meet, qualities that you should unite in one and the same aging brackish body.”

Copywriter, spokesperson, journalist, ghost-writer, poet and now also a columnist. ‘s resume Jeroen Vermeiren (48) is a colorful collection of crafts. As a single daddy of Cas (13), he likes to blow up a contrarian balloon about relationships and parenthood.

I set the standards in such a way that I am presented with a bevy of ladies who range in age from 40 to 50 springs young. Twenty-somethings fall by the wayside. They can be my daughter and besides, my midlife crisis is largely over. Thirties are in themselves jolly people, but among us: been there, done that. Conclusion: no more. They often have an urgent wish to have children and I have long since lost them on the way. I have a wonderful thirteen-year-old son, who also presents me with the necessary challenges. That will do.

Those who do not wish to have children sometimes suggest exotic forms of relationship such as polyamory. I’m totally pro in theory, but I don’t see it working for me in practice. Moreover, almost all of them have a thing for backpacking and distant, exotic destinations. Read: places where you can find deadly snakes and spiders, where you can catch malaria or a brain-eating amoeba and where it is too hot or too humid. I am old fashioned. I like Provence and Tuscany just fine. I will climb Mount Everest in my next life. Exit the thirties as well.


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After 24 hours I get restless. I think, why am I here again? After 48 hours I am ashamed. And after 72 hours I walk away screaming. Bye, account.

Jeroen Vermeiren

“Wanted: no vanilla”

The idea of ​​a meat inspection is never far away, with that swiping. After 24 hours I get restless. I think, why am I here again? After 48 hours I am ashamed. And after 72 hours I walk away screaming. Bye, account. north sun, here i come. Six months later, the cycle starts again. I am a positive boy and therefore assume that ‘it will be not too bad this time’. Quod non. You just run into the same crazy and unrealistic expectations again. Like ‘you don’t have a backpack’ (duh?!) or ‘wanted: no vanilla‘. There is almost always a series of conditions that you are expected to meet, qualities that you should unite in one and the same aging brackish body. So many qualities that I’m already exhausted reading them.


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I’m homesick for the playground. When I could still look madly in love and longing at Lies.

Jeroen Vermeiren

You know, I’m homesick for the playground. When I could still stare madly in love and longing at Lies, with whom I exchanged messages via the shared couch in the chemistry room (the symbolism!). Lips never came into play. Well, or much later, when we were both already divorced and hoping to tame some demons together. That didn’t work out very well, so we’ve kept it as a friendship ever since. Because Lies is and remains a top woman. (A top bitch, yes. I don’t do woke.)

Above all, I am homesick for permissible clumsiness. To tinkering. I’ve only gotten better at that, by the way. But that is strangely enough never a quality sought by Tinderdames. Then a person excels at something.

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