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Ask Amy: Mother-daughter estrangement remains a mystery

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

I stopped contacting him for a few months until last week. He kept texting me "hey," so I responded. He said things were hard and that he misses me and wanted to see me.

He took me to dinner and told me he bought a new house and is moving.

I also just bought a new house.

He started telling me about all the things he’s purchasing for his house. I asked where it is, because I have a feeling it’s out-of-state.

He told me, “I’ll let you know when the time comes.”

He made it clear that he doesn't want to be with me, but only calls or texts me to show off or hurt me.


He knows I still love him and it’s been really had for me to distance myself.

I really don’t understand why he does this and why one moment it seems he wants to work things out, and then the next minute he hates me.

I wish he felt as heartbroken as I am.

What should I do?


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