I didn’t, sadly, mean what I said, but the man was miserable, on the brink of bankruptcy, and on a daisy-chain of mini-breakdowns. He insisted he wouldn’t mind all the bad luck he’d had, all the exploitation of his genius and his good nature, and the gradual death of his all his ambitions, if only women would stop being so ‘withholding’, admit he’d make a great husband and father, and have brilliant children with him. However, his last three exes — all of whom eventually had children with other people — had told him they specifically didn’t want to have children with him. This, apparently, was the straw that was breaking this camel’s back, and I’ve never been a stickler for truth when a few harmless lies could soothe an anguished soul.
Now, I’ve just received an email from this person. He thanks me for my friendship during dark hours, tells me about a new livelihood, ruminates about his unrecognised genius and women, and then says, “…DNA is more universal than culture. Women across countries are really similar in what they want, because they’re all programmed the same way. I’ll give you an example. When we met I had just broken up with a long-term girlfriend, but your instincts recognised straight away that I would be a great father, and you started dropping hints that I should have a baby with you”.
You can’t make this stuff up.