- I bring a ticking time bomb to every first date. Tick… tick… tick… As we check off every trite interview question, we get one second closer to a detonation. Though I have not yet reached the age of 30, I am a man without parents, and a simple question about where they live or what they do becomes a maze you can no longer exit.
My father died from cancer at the end of the last year, and my mother succumbed to alcohol’s slow poisoning seven years before him. Having one deceased parent already brings with it myriad complications when you’re looking for a potential partner, but having two parents gone makes things exponentially more complex. You’re not just down one, you’re without any.
Can confirmed. Having lost a parent at a younger age is a ticking time bomb during the first date or two. Lots of shocked looks or "I'm so sorry", etc. etc. Can imagine it being much worse being down both parents.