Stay-at-home mom resents babysitting requests
-- Surviving in Texas
Dear Surviving: I hear you. And I completely understand your instincts to avoid bad news. Unless you work in the news business, you have no obligation to keep up-to-date on the almost daily string of tragedies befalling us right now.
I don't know if you were rude to your co-worker. But protecting and then defending yourself isn't rude -- it's your duty.
Dear Amy: "Not Easy" described pressuring a guy in a fairly new relationship (four dates!) about being exclusive. I agreed with you that it is wise not to have sex until you are exclusive, but this means that all parties need to be patient. Sounds like a mismatch to me.
-- Been There
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Dear Been There: It seemed to me like "Not Easy" was trapped between her values and the fact that she really wanted to have sex.
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