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Wife's assignment gives husband writer's block

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: For almost 30 years, I've been married to an eloquent, thoughtful writer whose every written word is carefully chosen. He turns mundane subjects into interesting reads.

He's smart and funny; he's a great person, husband, and father.

Before Christmas, he asked what I wanted. I said that more than anything, I wanted him to write down his feelings for me.

For a writer accustomed to evoking warmth and passion, I thought this would be a small task (and free).

Oddly, he pushed back. I backed off. For Christmas he gave me a card with the website address written on it for planning a vacation.

Amy, I'm hurt.


I've come across mini-novels that he wrote back in the day about ex-loves; or lovely things he's written to extended family members.

I adore him and bend over backward to show him how much I love him.

I don't ask for or expect a lot, but now I feel dejected.

Recently I asked him to take out the word "love" and tell me how he feels about me. He went on about what a fun evening we'd had together.


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