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Ask Amy: Newly married couple nurses gift-grudge

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My partner of 28 years and I decided to finally marry (at age 70) last December.

Due to the pandemic, the ceremony was conducted on Zoom with just a very few close friends and family members.

Shortly after, I announced our marriage and posted a couple of photos on Facebook.

A week later, I received a call from my cousin, who heard about my marriage from one of her daughters (who saw my post).

She seemed very happy about it and congratulated us.

Since that call, we have not received a gift or a congratulatory card from her or her family.


Months later, it still bothers me.

I have always given my cousin and her children gifts for baptisms, birthdays, engagements weddings, etc.

I am saddened that she doesn't consider my marriage as important as a straight one. She is very religious, so that might be the reason. However, my partner and I have always been included in all her family gatherings over the years and have always been considered a couple.

My cousin and I are like brother and sister. I think this is why it hurts so much.


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