Originally Posted by VivisQueen
If he was some virginal otaku with no social skills, I could probably understand him maybe having a similar maturity level as her, or even just liking her because she's not as threatening as other women. But this guy has experience, has seen the world. What does he gain from her?
This is from memory, so forgive me if this is just completely off base. However, I believe the rationale I came up with at the time was that he was sick of his life, pure and simple. He has been so worn down by the day-to-day drudgery of a full-time job that he starts idealizing the simplicity and purity of his youth. The nostalgia regarding his mother just helps solidify this.