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Ask Amy: Family struggles with extremes over holidays

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: In our nine-member family, we have two people at extremes: One is a staunch anti-masker and anti-vaxxer.

The other is paranoid in her efforts to be safe.

All family members (except the anti’s three) have been vaccinated.

We traditionally have family gatherings at our home for most holidays.

The anti-vaxxer will usually scoff at any virus protection shown by anyone when there is a gathering.

The paranoid one refuses to come in our house if the anti has been there in the previous 24 hours.


Reasoning with either of the two extremes has been fruitless.

My wife and I are currently considering splitting the gatherings, so the two extremes do not conflict.

This is very sad and means diluting the festivities we enjoy so much.

We are hoping you may have some suggestions.


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