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Ask Amy: Catfishing expedition doesn’t hold water

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: While I was browsing Facebook the other day, I came across photos my niece “Sandy” had posted of her enjoying her baby shower “with friends and family.”

I was completely stunned, as she never informed me about the event, even though I thought we had a good relationship.

Her dad (my younger brother) passed away 11 months ago, and now it seems that she feels that I am no longer family.

She is an adult, and of course can choose who she wants to include in her life.

Should I bother to try and keep this relationship?

– Sad Auntie


Dear Sad: You are having a somewhat nuclear reaction to this slight.

Yes, you should try and keep – and grow – this relationship.

Contact your niece (not on social media).

Say, “Hi, I saw on Facebook that you had a baby shower. It looked like fun! I’m so happy for you and excited that you are growing your family. I want you to know that I very much want to continue to be a part of your life.


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