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Strawberry Letter: Overprotective Son

Dear Steve and Shirley,

I have very loving children. I have two boys and my oldest child is a girl. All my kids are grown now. My problem started years ago, with a fight I had with my long term boyfriend. The short version of the story I came home from work to find him hanging out with my sons, 22 and 27 years old. We got into an argument about something stupid and this fool made the mistake of putting his hands on me. Look, I have raised my kids primarily as a single mom all my life on the Southside. I can handle myself. This fight basically ended with my youngest boy talking me out of putting a hole in the back of this idiot’s head with my pistol.

My sons took him out of the apartment and tightened him up and that was the last time I ever heard or seen of him. Since then, my youngest has taken on the role of protector and almost terrorist against any man that looks my way. I have told him that he does not have to worry, but it is not sinking in. I am 65 years old. I am too damn old to be dating, but if a man catches my eye, I do not want him scared away by my son.

Any suggestions on how to get through to my boy?

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