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Ask Amy: Political divide threatens to split friendship

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

I know she must feel some way about me or else she wouldn’t be around so much.

At this point, I don’t know what to do.

Do you have any advice?

– Confused

Dear Confused: “Laura” does feel some way about you. According to you, she feels friendship. Friends do text one another and hang out together.

As with any relationship, you have the right to be in it, back away a little, or exit it entirely – based on how you feel when you are with that person.


I give you huge credit for being honest with Laura about your own feelings.

Given your confession, if you believe that Laura is deliberately toying with your affections, then it would be healthiest for you to withdraw from the friendship.

If being with her simply makes you heartsick with feelings that are unrequited, then you should limit your interactions with her while you work things through.

Unrequited feelings can teach you something: You’ve felt this way once, and you can feel this way again. And when these feelings are mutual it’s beautiful. You deserve that.


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