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Wife Foresees A Rocky Road With Husband Suffering Dementia

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After two failed marriages, I married a wonderful man whom I love but am not in love with. He recently had a seizure, after which he was diagnosed with moderate dementia.

All I see is a long, dark road ahead. We are both senior citizens with not a long time left on this Earth. My health is suffering because of this situation. I am ...Read more

Postal Workers Meet Challenge Of Delivering Kids' Postcards

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: While our daughter was on vacation with our small grandkids, she bought them postcards and suggested they write us about their vacation.

She said she laughed when the kids finished with the cards because she hadn't realized they didn't know how to write a postcard. The children had turned the cards sideways and had written across the...Read more

Dad's Rough Horseplay Looks A Lot Like Abuse

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a grandmother and great-grandmother who is concerned about the behavior of my grandson toward his 7-year-old daughter, Beth, and her 9-year-old cousin, Mandy. When Mandy recently visited me, she told me her uncle crept up behind her, put his hand over her mouth and then held her nose so she couldn't breathe. She said he has done ...Read more

Family Resents Boyfriend For Usurping Dad's Chair

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My beloved father passed away three years ago. One of my older sisters moved in with Mom to help take care of her and be her companion. My sister has a boyfriend my father absolutely disliked, and the rest of our family doesn't like him either.

My issue (and I'm not the only family member who feels this way) is that when her ...Read more

Husband Wants Long-Lost Sister To Remain That Way

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and his sister had a rough childhood in foster care. Long story short, they lost contact for 10 years -- until now. She found us on Facebook and was desperate to know if she had found her brother or not. My husband ignored her. He isn't sure he ever wants to rebuild a relationship with her.

I know that's his decision to ...Read more

Wife Joining The Workforce Wants Her Own Bank Account

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been together for eight years. When we first met, I was in the military and she was a bartender. Needless to say, she made far more money than I did at the time. Six months into our relationship, she got pregnant and quit her job. For the next seven years she raised our children and went to school while I did ...Read more

Story Of Son's Abuse Taints Wife's Memories Of Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am in shock. My grown son, Ryan, recently told me he was molested by his late father when he was a young boy. I had no idea, but I believe him. Ryan is an only child and has recently started seeing a counselor.

I loved my husband very much and I believed he loved me, but I no longer know what to think or how to feel. If he were ...Read more

Summer Temperatures Turn Closed Cars Into Deadly Ovens

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: With summer here, many families will do at least some traveling, which involves spending significant amounts of time in the family car or truck. I'd like to remind your readers that it is now illegal in many states to leave a child, a disabled person or a pet unattended in a vehicle for ANY length of time. The reason is that ...Read more

Man Is Miffed When Woman Is Older Than She Advertised

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old man who has been meeting women online for a few years. I recently met Molly, whose profile said she was 60. We dated several times and then she spent a few days at my house. Certain things she said made me suspect she was older. So I looked her name up online and found out she was seven years older than she had ...Read more

Teen Fears Past Indiscretions Will Sabotage Future Choices

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: When I was 13 and 14, I sent nude pictures to guys I didn't know over Kik. I am now 15 and interested in a career in education. I have read about educators getting fired for sending pictures. Should I be worried that I will never have a career in education? Or ever get into a good college? -- QUESTIONING TEEN


'love Child' Plans Approach To Half-Brother He Never Met

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband, Pete, is an only child. His mom, who was married, had an affair with a married man, which resulted in his birth. His mother's husband put his name on the birth certificate, but as a kid, Pete had contact from time to time with his biological father. Both dads have since passed away.

Pete has known for years that his ...Read more

Wedding Guests Are Perplexed By Toasts That Turn To Roasts

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We have been attending the weddings of our friends' children and work colleagues. We enjoy them, but we have noticed a change in some of the traditions.

The best man's and maid of honor's toasts to the bride and groom seem to have devolved into telling stories about their past escapades. This includes tales of all-night partying, how...Read more

Sex Education Should Begin Before Kids Start To Experiment

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I know you provide a booklet to help teens with questions about sex. But when should I talk to my son or give him a copy? He will turn 9 soon. I know that is young, but kids today are exposed to so much so early. -- KRISTEN IN MARYLAND

DEAR KRISTEN: You're absolutely right; they are. They also mature earlier than children of previous...Read more

Man's Stop-And-Go Romances May Indicate Lack Of Empathy

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a man in my mid-30s who has recently recognized a pattern in my romantic relationships. A few of them lasted for several years, before they ended for various reasons. In between, I've gone a couple of years before seeking out and starting a new relationship. In the in-between time, I go online and meet people I have no intention ...Read more

Child's Crying Is Driving Neighbor To Distraction

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I live in a beautiful apartment in the perfect location and have been here for three years. This past year my neighbors had a second baby. This child cries constantly during all hours of the night and most of the day. I hear the wailing and the parents yelling and slamming doors when they are frustrated.

I thought as the child got a ...Read more

Grumpy Grandma Turns Away Grandson's Handmade Present

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a 6-year-old son who is a very compassionate child. My husband's mother lives with us and recently went through an illness from which she recovered. Twice my son tried to give her a necklace he had made from braided yarn to cheer her up. Abby, she not only refused to accept them, but left them on the floor as if she didn't even...Read more

Culinary School Deployment Is Dream For Military Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm confused about what to do and need help. I've been married for two years and I love my husband, but he is in the military and I have big dreams.

The fact that he is military means where he goes, I go. There's no moving to where I want. My dream is to go to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but it's a two-year program. If I follow my dream...Read more

Wife Questions Care Received At Out-Of-Town Walk-In Clinic

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: On a recent trip out of state, my husband became ill. The hotel we stayed in referred us to a nearby urgent care walk-in clinic.

The nurse took his blood pressure, which was very high. The doctor never took his temperature or mentioned the high blood pressure to us. He prescribed six drugs and we went on our way. My husband was happy...Read more

Stepson Is On Losing End Of Misspent Child Support

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have an 8-year-old stepson, Kaden, whom I love dearly. Kaden spends the bulk of his time with his mother on the other side of the country. When he comes to visit us in the summer, his clothing and shoes are always ragged and a few sizes too small.

My husband pays child support and buys Kaden a new wardrobe every six months. Yet ...Read more

Unrequited Love For Best Friend Is Dead-End Street

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Five years into our marriage, my wife and I took a girlfriend, Sonya. I fell madly in love with her. Unfortunately, my relationship with my wife cooled because she changed as a person. We ended up divorcing.

I'm still in love with Sonya, but obviously nothing will ever come of it. I'm her confidant and best friend, and she tells me ...Read more


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