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Big box shopper has a very bad day

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Make this right by giving yourself -- and everybody within a five-mile radius -- a big break. Every person out there has a story, even those playing bumper cars at the big box store. Take a breath. Be gentle. And the next time you are having a great day, spread that around.

Dear Amy: I recently cut off ties from my emotionally abusive father. I have no regrets.

Unfortunately, now my grandparents are giving me the cold shoulder.

My dad spends every weekend with them and relies heavily on them. My grandma still does his laundry and they help him financially.

It really hurts that they would cut my children and me out of their lives, just because I don't have a relationship with him.

My father allowed my stepmother to belittle me. After she divorced him, he got all the sympathy, and I got nothing -- not even an apology.

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Without a mother actively in my life, my grandmother was a mother to me.

On my birthday a few weeks ago, I received a card signed curtly from my grandparents. This was very unusual. I believe I'm being kicked out of the family.

I want to approach my grandmother, but she doesn't do well with expressing emotion, and I do not see being able to explain my side of things without making her uncomfortable.

Am I supposed to accept that my family will never love me?


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