Life Advice



Ask Amy: This woman’s place is in the home – alone!

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I am a wife to a good husband who is 12 years older than I am.

We recently lost his wonderful mother (at age 93), and mine (she was 80 when she died).

I loved both of these women and I miss them terribly.

My mother lived with my husband and me for the past five years, and I took care of her.

Now that she is gone, I am craving having some time alone.

I haven't had time to myself at all! My husband has retired and does volunteer work weekly, at two different places.


I have asked him to please let me have a day to myself every week.

I have yet to receive that. He just doesn’t seem to get it.

I keep telling him that I need a day to myself.

He isn't listening; he plans his days home with my scheduled days off.


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