May I say something about people who call “friends” or others they haven’t talked to recently while they’re driving to an appointment or other errand, only to abruptly end the conversation when the destination is reached? Two people have done this to me recently.
My husband and I are happily married, but have one serious problem.
My wife and I know a couple whose daughter has been our daughter’s playmate since they were 3 months old.
My wife and I have a disagreement about when a person should be allowed to get up from the table. We have an 8-month-old son whom we both want to grow up to have good manners. We know he’ll soon be out of his high chair and become squirmy and not want to stay seated.
She hardly gets five or 10 minutes a month of privacy in her bedroom to pack.
What do you say when a friend’s son has committed a horrific crime? Does one say, “I’m sorry” or “Call me,” or merely pat them on the shoulder and move on? Or, what?
I am in my late 20s and dating a man in his mid-30s whom I am crazy about. We have been dating for a year and are starting to discuss marriage and children. He’s kind, hard-working, gives back to the community, and does everything he can to make me happy.
I’m dating my grammar school and high school sweetheart, “Gary.” We’ve known each other since I was 6.
Give up and move on and you will save yourself, your wife, Jamie and her husband a lot of pain.
I’m a 35-year-old gay man who has been in a serious relationship for five years.
I have been dating “James” for almost a year. Things have been rough for him recently. His depression has led to school attendance issues, but we got through it.
I am married to a great man, but he’s very tight with his money. We found out early in our relationship that we couldn’t have a joint account because it caused so much fighting. We share our bills, but I am broke all the time. I have credit card debt he doesn’t know about.
My “friend” from childhood, “Camille,” has never had my back.
My mother-in-law owns the building my husband and I live in.
My daughter “Scarlet” has a precious 18-month-old baby girl I’ll call Sierra.
I am a 50-year-old woman. I have been married to my husband for 28 years and never cheated.
After 16 years of loyal and dedicated service to my employer, I find myself out of work. Months ago, I needed double knee replacements. I gave him three months’ notice about my surgery, planning to return on June 1. It was a one-girl office; I was responsible for all the administrative duties.
In 1985 I met a lovely divorced lady with two adorable children. The three of us got along well. A year later I married into this family. Until then I had no children of my own.
I’m the proud mom of a wonderful 21-year-old daughter whom I find myself worrying about more and more lately.
Dear Abby: The media give us stories of racial conflict and the shooting of police officers almost daily, and every reporter and news anchor proposes solutions.
A number of years ago, it came out that my brother-in-law had raped and molested his two daughters and two granddaughters. It tore our family apart.
I am a child care provider working with infants. Two of us work in the nursery and share responsibilities.
I have been married to my husband for 38 years. We both had long professional careers and saved diligently for our retirement. Our children are on their own and doing well with their careers.
We have been married two years now, and I’m trying hard to reconcile the fact that I’m married to a conspiracy theorist who believes the world is flat.
I’m a retired woman living in a condo complex that houses mostly seniors. During the eight years I have lived here, I’ve always participated in several monthly social events, and have served on the condo association board. I know most of the other residents and count many of them as friends.
Their cleaning practices are questionable. They simply rinse plates and utensils after use, as opposed to using the dishwasher. Within an hour of arriving, the dust makes my allergies and asthma flare up.
You should be scared. What you did was shameful and dangerous.
We’d had our ups and downs over 25 years, but he moved cross-country to the same city as I’m in and was there for many happy and sad life events, including the deaths of my remaining immediate family and his parents.
As a child, I suffered a lot of abuse from my parents until I finally, at 13, opened up to a teacher. I was removed from my house and spent the remainder of my youth in various foster homes. I never felt like I had a home or family until I was an adult and made my own.
“Charlotte” and I have been friends for 16 years, ever since we met in college. She lives several states away, so we see each other only once a year when she and her family come to town for a long weekend. Beyond this annual get-together, we never chat on the phone, and communication is pretty much limited to social media.
Dear Abby: I am tired of taking a backseat to my boyfriend’s video game addiction.
Dear Abby: I was widowed seven years ago. When my husband died, I thought it was the end of my suffering.
The Teen booklet has been distributed in doctors’ offices and used to promote discussions by educators and religious leaders, as well as parents who find it hard to discuss these topics with their children.
Explain that you know they would not feed certain foods to a diabetic, and you need the same dispensation.
My daughter has graduated from high school. She had been in a residential treatment program for depression the year and a half prior to returning to this school. Her old friends had promised to be there for her when she returned.
We have three grandchildren and are due to make our annual visit. Two of the children are easy to plan for, and we have good relationships with them.
I’m in a relationship with my high school sweetheart, whom I truly love, but I am also crazy about my boss. She’s beautiful, funny, and to be honest, I jumped at my promotion so I could get closer to her.
My brother-in-law “Charles” has earned the privilege of being buried in a military cemetery. He lost his wife, “Claire,” to cancer 10 years ago; she is buried in their plot in the military cemetery with a headstone.
Dear Abby: I have a wonderful husband of 11 years and three children.
Her response – or lack of one – will tell you if she’s really interested.
Our son and his fiancee are having a destination wedding. My husband and I are hosting a local reception here where we live because we would like our close family and friends to be able to celebrate their wedding.
After reading the letter from “Dumbstruck in Chicago” (April 24), who’s dating a recently divorced man who was unfaithful to his ex-wife through multiple affairs and one-night stands with prostitutes, I cannot stay silent.
Little girls have been known to wrap their daddies around their little fingers before they are old enough to walk. The same is true for baby boys and their mothers.
I am a 64-year-old widow who lost my husband 5 1/2 years ago. I became reacquainted with a former classmate at a high school reunion, and we started dating.
I am a retired male. My girlfriend is still working. We have been exclusive for three years. We live 300 miles apart but see each other every two or three weeks for at least three days and, until now, have had a very good relationship.
My husband of 20 years has blindsided me by announcing he’s leaving. Come to find out he’s “in love” with a co-worker and thinks they are soul mates.
My husband has become very overweight, which has caused his sex drive – as well as his health – to suffer. I worry about him constantly, and I miss the intimacy we used to have. He is aware of how I feel and started trying to eat healthier. He also tries to exercise at least a little bit every day.
She’s off to college in a few months, and “in order to ensure she’s attractive to boys,” wants to get a boob job. She works in a clothing store and has saved toward the cost.
Dear Abby: My parents went through a bitter divorce five years ago and have had little to no contact since then.
Because you know he’s cheating, hire a private detective for a month and find out who with. Then talk to a lawyer about what your rights are as a wronged wife in New York.