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I’m falling in love with Theo.’ Oli looked gobsmacked.

Oli would say he didn’t feel he could speak to Theo like a best mate any more; and he’d also accuse me of driving a wedge between us as mother and son, because of my relationship with his friend. Actually I think it was my mum — who was then 85 — who put everything in perspective for Oli.

She said she’d never seen me happier than I was with Theo.

Five days later, I was having a drink with friends in our local pub when Theo walked in.

He lived nearby and occasionally drank there too — and I confess I was delighted to see him.

I assumed that would be the end of my morale-boosting holiday flirtation. At home in Devon, my head was counselling caution — how on earth would Oli react if he knew his best friend was consuming every waking moment of my thoughts?

— but in my heart I knew I wanted to see Theo again.

Relationships between older women and much younger men always come with their own difficulties.

But if, like India Lyndale, 45, you fall in love with your son’s best friend, it can become even more fraught.

I’d married young, at 19, and my only child Oli was born very soon afterwards. My only subsequent relationship lasted 15 years and I’d been contentedly single for a year when Oli’s old schoolfriend Theo — tall, blond and just 20 — breezed into my life.

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