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Parent is tired of explaining gender transitioning

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Only offer up an explanation if you want to. And if you do, understand that every time you advocate for your son, you help a lot of other people who don't have a supportive and loving parent in their corner. Our perceptions are changing, one conversation at a time.

Dear Amy: My husband and I never had children.

One of our closest nephews is marrying into a wonderful family with young boys whom we love.

We live on a lake and our nephew, his fiancee and her sons have spent the last two summer vacations with us.

Last year after they left, we noticed a fishing net was missing. This year when my nephew and his family came back to the lake, we noticed that he had the net with him.

After they left this year, a fishing reel was missing. It was my husband's father's, so it was important to him.

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I texted my nephew. He replied, "Oh, yeah. I have it. I guess I thought it was my cousin's reel; I'll send it back."

I then mentioned the net, saying that now with the reel situation, we wondered what was going on. He said, "Oh, the net somehow got into our car while packing last year; someone didn't know it wasn't mine. I'll send that back, too."

We are very upset that my nephew felt he could just take things from us.

We feel he is lying to us, and not owning up to the fact that he stole these things.


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