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Ask Amy: Many-married man wonders how to date

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: “Half-Grateful, Half-Frustrated” described her husband’s method of unloading the dishwasher. She said he leaves some clean dishes and utensils on the counter, along with the dirty stuff.

I really disagree with your advice that she confront him about this. She has probably terrified him about where to properly store things.

– Upset

Dear Upset: I’ve received a high volume of responses to this question, and most respondents agree with you. I find this baffling. Longtime married couples should be able to talk about practical things without the fear of being labeled a nag.



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