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Ask Amy: Friendship falters over bungled gift

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Amy, I am not finished with them! In fact, I was about six-weeks pregnant when she asked for her clothes back.

I wasn’t ready to tell her I was pregnant again.

This request was the last straw. I told her how much her request upset me, and I returned the clothes to her.

I haven’t been able to talk to her since, despite her calls.

Am I being overly sensitive about this? I feel like this has permanently affected our relationship.

Should I have an open and honest conversation with her about this, and let her know that I’m not sure this is something that I can move past?


I would greatly appreciate an outsider’s perspective.

— B

Dear B: So far, this friend of yours has done all of the talking and you have been forced to react and respond, repeatedly, to her obnoxious and insensitive behavior.

I hope this extremely painful loss in your life has helped to show you who your real friends are. She is not one of them.


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