Guys panic when I say I have a single mum

During my freshman year in college, I went on a date with an earnest boy from my dorm who has ears that stick out when he grins.

He had gone to an all-boys school and I was charmed by him. I was also generally enthusiastic about college dating, because I hadn't done much of it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 12, 2018, with the headline 'Guys panic when I say I have a single mum'. Print Edition | Subscribe