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A forthright brunette demanded I wear Superman underwear on our date to give her ‘something to remember’.
Still trying to find my feet, I was overwhelmed by the feeling of not being as ready to start dating as I had thought and barely said a word.
Unsurprisingly, as we left she said we didn’t click. My favourite date was with a 39-year-old teacher and fellow single mother. Yet we didn’t have sex — perversely, weeks of emailing had led to over-familiarity and, by the time, we met we’d formed too much of a friendship to take it further.
Bill Addison, 67, is a retired aircraft engineer from Stockport, Cheshire.
We’d been married two years and her death left a gaping hole in my life.