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Ask Amy: In-home visits might be ‘risky business’

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My next-door neighbor “Sharon” and her husband “Stan” have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children. During the pandemic, Stan has mostly been working from home. His office is an hour away.

“Jocelyn,” his business partner of 25 years, has become close to the family over the years. Sharon tells me that Jocelyn occasionally spends the night at their house when there is an upcoming business meeting in our area, since she lives quite a distance away. They all seem to enjoy one another's company.

We live in narrow, connected townhouses with adjacent front doors and porches, so we often see each other's comings and goings.

A few times each year, Sharon goes out of town for the weekend.

Several times, when Sharon has left town, I have observed Jocelyn showing up within minutes of Sharon’s departure.

It almost seems as though she has been waiting around for Sharon to leave! Three or four hours later, she will emerge from the house and drive away.


Stan walks her to her car and makes some kind of loud pronouncement, like, "Well, now I have to get ready for my next meeting."

He sounds awkward, as if the declaration is for others' benefit.

Today my husband was sitting on our porch, so he witnessed this theater.

We then discussed whether or not they might be having an affair.


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