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Missing Her Maid of Honor

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

I'm getting married in seven months and my best friend just told me she is pregnant with her second child and can't come to the wedding because it is during her no-fly window.

By way of background, she moved overseas 12 years ago. I went above and beyond to help her plan her wedding because it ended up being a last-minute, DIY...Read more

On "His Time"

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I'm in a relatively new relationship (six months), and I can't shake the feeling that we always do things on "his time." If he suggests a time to get together, I typically say yes unless I have other plans, and he does always honor that time. But generally, unless I suggest something ...Read more

With the Boy Who Cried Wolf

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

My boyfriend and I, turning 30 and 28 soon, have been together for almost five years and living together for four. We have talked about marriage and having a family several times, and it is something we both want. We have gone ring shopping, and he's even asked my mother for her blessing. He is on board with starting a family ...Read more

Everyone's Getting Married

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I have two weddings coming up soon, back-to-back. Both are far away. I've more or less committed to going to one. The other one I could afford to go to, but I'm not sure I want to, given the cost of the two combined. Is it bad form to go to one but not the other? I value both friends ...Read more

Friends Inviting Themselves

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

I invited a friend and her family (husband and two children) to vacation with us at my parents' home this summer. My parents were willing to host all of us, four adults and four children in their home.

While at a party at my friend's home, she began discussing the trip in front of her party guests. One guest, a friend of hers,...Read more

Second-Class Citizen

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I have been dating a guy for five years, we live together and plan to get married.

I just found out from a former girlfriend of his that on their first date they went to a really expensive restaurant (one I have expressed an interest in, but that he always said cost too much). On our ...Read more

Grieving

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Six months ago, a good friend died of cancer. Four months ago, my beloved dog died. One month ago, another good friend died of cancer. Four weeks ago, our beloved rescued-from-a-puppy mill, 3-year-old dog died from cancer. Two weeks ago, a much-loved close relative tried to commit ...Read more

Picking the Best Guy

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

I am considering getting remarried three years after an awful divorce. I had young twins, now 5. The man I'm with has a lot of parenting know-how, and we can meld our families really well. But the person who is a better fit for me is someone I was with a few years back, who "gets" me and is more selfless than anyone I've ever ...Read more

It Takes a Village

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My fiance's 10-year-old daughter said last week that she wants to call me Mom. Her mom, who has 80 percent custody, is 100 percent against this. The daughter wants to do it anyway and not tell her mom. This doesn't feel right.

On the other hand, her father and I want to support her in ...Read more

Sad in Texas

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Carolyn:

My relationship with my brother and his wife has in later years become one where I drove the several hours to their home, visited, etc., even though I work and he is retired. The phone conversations, however, always went both ways.

Two years ago, I wrote a letter spelling out where I thought we were, and he indicated he wanted to ...Read more

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