Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

17-Year Age Difference Causes Couple to Worry

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

17-Year Age Difference Causes Couple to Worry

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Dear Ann Landers: Three years ago, I began a relationship with a co-worker who is 17 years younger than I am. "Bill" and I were very discreet and kept our feelings to ourselves for several months. Our friends began to notice the electricity between us, and before long, everyone knew we were "an item."

I am a young-looking 42-year-old divorcee with a teen-age son. My sweetheart, Bill, is 25. We fell in love - a genuine sharing, selfless love - and we are best friends. He is a wonderful person and wise beyond his years. My son thinks he is just terrific, and the two of them get along very well.

Here is the problem: Out of the clear blue sky one evening, he said, "I love you so much, and I will always love you, but you can't give me what I want more than anything in the world - children of my own." Ann, I am devastated. I can't eat. I can't sleep. All I do is cry. My doctor gave me antidepressants and sleeping pills, but I'm still a wreck. After avoiding the subject for nearly a week, Bill and I finally talked. He doesn't want to lose me, but the age difference worries him. His family and mine think it will never work, but the people in the office who know us well say we are a perfect couple and belong together. Has anyone in your reading audience had a successful marriage when the woman is so much older than the man? How important are those 17 years? Can we make it, Ann? Ask your readers. HARRISBURG, PA. A 42-year-old woman who is in good health and has had a child could have another one. Stop polling friends, and look into your own hearts. If you truly love one another and if Bill isn't using this as an excuse, it could work. Dear Ann Landers: I'm worried about my mother. She is 67 and in great health, and her mind is sharp as a tack, but her behavior has been peculiar lately. I caught her going through my purse for the third time. She waits until I am in the bathroom or in the garden to do this. When we are in the car and I leave my purse to run an errand, she does her snooping. I have not mentioned it to her. I can't. She would be too upset. My daughter, age 12, now tells me she caught Grandma going through my dresser drawers. …

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