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Retired teacher is pessimistic about finding a new romance

February 25, 2018 GMT

Dear Abby:

I am a 70-year-old male former teacher and social worker. I stopped dating 30 years ago because the only women I had loved had all dumped me. I felt I was only a temporary convenience to them.

Since then, I haven’t been romantically involved with anyone, so I would not be dumped again. However, I am lonely for female companionship and afraid I’ll die without ever having had another girlfriend.

I’m not attracted to women my age, and I don’t see younger women being attracted to an overweight old guy who isn’t even scraping by on Social Security. Dating services don’t screen their members. Is there a solution for this problem?

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Hopeless in Missouri

Dear Hopeless:

I’m sorry women in your age range don’t qualify because it would be easier for you if they did. To be appreciated for the person you are, you will have to meet through mutual friends, church or an activity you enjoy - something that will allow women to see the strengths you have.

However, if that doesn’t open some doors, because you’re looking for unconditional love, consider adopting a puppy.

Dear Abby:

I am currently in a relationship that’s great, except for one thing. She knows what “buttons” to push to make me angry and she continues to push them.

No matter what I do, she’s in my face. It just seems she wants to argue until I reach the point of exploding. I try to walk away, go to another room, ignore her, tell her she’s making me angry - yet she continues. I’m all for being able to walk away and then talk about it later - and I have confronted her on this. What do I do?

Frustrated in Florida

Dear Frustrated:

What do you do? You break up with this toxic individual who enjoys goading you to the point of exploding, and find a woman who is a lot more compatible.

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