Dear Abby | Wife’s close friend gets too close for husband’s comfort
Dear Abby: My wife, “Grace,” and I have been happily married for 48 years. We’re retired and enjoy an active sex life. Grace has a female friend, “Ricky,” we have known more than 45 years. Ricky has been an out lesbian for many years and, in the past, had female companions. The problem is she repeatedly asks Grace to do things on Saturday evenings. She has also invited her to spend the night and tells her how much she loves her. My wife loves Ricky, too, but strictly as a friend and has not encouraged her in any way.
I’m not ordinarily the jealous type, but I’m convinced Ricky is in love with my wife. I have told Grace how I feel, and she agrees. In fact, she has told me about some of the requests Ricky has made and she has rejected. What do you think? – Crossed the Line
Dear Crossed the Line: I agree that asking your wife to spend the night is inappropriate.The person to set boundaries would be your wife, who needs to tell her friend that her Saturday nights belong to you, and as much as she loves Ricky, she’s unavailable as a romantic partner.
Dear Abby: My husband and I have been together nearly four years. When we got together, he was in the process of gaining custody of his daughter because his ex abused drugs. We have raised “Arlette” ever since, and her mother is out of the picture.
Arlette calls me Mom, and we have a strong bond. Her father and I have a very strained marriage. We separated several times because he was abusive. I have been giving serious thought to leaving him, but because I have no legal rights to Arlette, I stay. I lost custody of my own daughter because of his abuse, and although my older children don’t care for him, they, too, have a very strong bond with his daughter.
I do not feel this marriage can be saved. I am at a loss, though, thinking about leaving his daughter. She’s only 4. How do I move on with my life knowing I won’t have a relationship with this child I consider my own? – Like My Own Daughter in Florida
Dear Like My Own: Having lost custody of your own daughter because of his abuse, there is good reason to believe he would abuse Arlette if she is left alone with him. Consider running this scenario past a social worker who is well versed in the ins and outs of the system.