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Ask Amy: Wife with no name resists erasure

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Do we send her an invite, but kindly ask her not to attend unless she is vaccinated?

– Safety First

Dear Safety: I’m quoting the current guideline from the CDC (as of this writing): “Vaccinated people may visit with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.”

If all the other guests are fully vaccinated, then they are “at low risk for severe disease.”

However, the decision should be up to the expectant mother.

You should not invite someone to an event, and ask her not to attend.

Either don’t invite her at all, or say, “Because this is an indoor event, the mom-to-be has requested that all guests be fully vaccinated.”

Dear Amy: We went through the same struggles as “Used to be Mom,” who didn’t know how to respond to people about her son’s estrangement.

Our daughter developed a very serious drug addiction, was homeless and destitute.


When people would ask how she was, we would simply say "good enough.”

For whatever reason that always ended the conversation.

– Parents of a Recovering Addict

Dear Parents: Your response was truly “good enough.”


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