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Ask Amy: Woman seeks romantic renovation

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Six months later, we were married. Talk about a renovation!

Dear Amy: For my 80th birthday, my four sons gave me a "trip anywhere on Highway 80."

COVID and other aspects of life intervened, and I had my 81st birthday six months ago.

No one seems to remember that promise.

They've all had vacations of their own, but no one has mentioned my 80th trip. This would be the highlight of my life.

Can you give me the words to remind them, without sounding snarky or greedy?


– Not Getting Any Younger

Dear Not Getting Any: What a creative and thoughtful gift!

Now, it’s time to collect.

I suggest you send an email to all four of your wonderful sons, perhaps quoting the John Denver song: “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go, the taxi’s waiting, it’s blowing its horn…”


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