I feel jealous whenever I see my granddaughter with her boyfriend | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN I see my granddaughter with her lovely boyfriend, I should be happy for them, but instead I feel irrationally jealous.

I’ve had my life, while they are young and should be having fun and adventures, not worrying about a lonely old man.

I’m a 71-year-old widower and my granddaughter is 20. Her boyfriend is 22.

She’s a good girl and rings me every week to see how I am.

We all have a family Sunday lunch together too.

But I keep messaging her and asking if she and her young fellow will come to see me after their work too.

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I’m worried they’ll get fed up with me.

How can I stop being like this?

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DEIDRE SAYS: You miss what your granddaughter has, and what you’ve lost.

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