DEAR DEIDRE: I’VE got a smart son but feel ashamed that he’s got such a stupid dad.
I’ve always felt thick but, as time goes by, the more it gets me down.
My grades at school were a joke.
I was always getting the mick taken out of me for getting low marks so I gave up on myself.
I still find it difficult to read a book and don’t always understand what I have read.
Now my son is going to uni to study medicine and it has really brought home just how useless I am.
I’m 45 and stuck doing unskilled work on a zero-hours contract for a mate’s business.
He’s one of the guys who used to take the mick at school.
I have managed to convince people I’m not an idiot by lying about my school grades and work history, but I feel like I’ve come to the end of the road.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Those lies wouldn’t have fooled anyone if you weren’t smart.
Be proud of your son but do not put yourself down.
You write a good letter and my bet is that your problem is low self-esteem.
Try voluntary work.
It can give you a confidence-boost to find work and improve your CV.
See support group covidmutualaid.org.
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