Life Advice



Ask Amy: Sibling’s spousal diss shakes sister to the core

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My partner, “Chas,” and I have been together for 30 years.

My sister “Shelly” introduced us. Shelly and Chas are very old friends, in fact, Chas is her daughter’s godfather.

Chas tends to be quiet and low key; Shelly is exuberant and loves attention.

All these years, we have shared various family gatherings and holidays. We get along well.

Recently, Shelly invited us to a family dinner. Chas had just had surgery and was not able to attend.

He sent his greetings and regrets, and I went by myself.


We had a very pleasant, lively evening.

Two days later, our brother sent an email to Shelly and me about some other miscellaneous stuff.

Clumsily, he had created his email message on top of an exchange he and Shelly had the day after the recent dinner.

Shelly had enthused about what a great time we all had, “mostly because Chas wasn’t here.”


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