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I got married very young, at aged 22, back in 1999, when people met their partners the old-fashioned way – down the pub or at parties.
Online dating was about as stigmatised as putting an ad in the lonely hearts column of the local paper, but from conversations with friends, it was clear that this was the way to go now.
For some women, the discovery of my widowed status was clearly a deal breaker; the communication dried up, and I could understand why.
After all, it's a very crowded dating market out there – and grief is a long way from romance.
Eventually, I decided on "single with children" and decided to address the details of my situation after exchanging a few messages.Then there were the high expectations – women writing that they were looking for a "knight in shining armour" (I'll get my sword and shield), "Mr Darcy" (I'll get my top hat and tails), "Mr Grey" (I'll get my riding crop and restraints). If they didn't want kids, then why would they take on mine?Reactions to my situation online were as varied as in real life – ranging from sympathy to avoidance, inquisitiveness and morbid curiosity. And if they did want kids, there must be plenty more eligible bachelors out there.And this is exactly what I didn't want, and indeed an issue my wife raised towards the end of her life."I want you to find someone else, but only if they are good for the children," she told me.