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Ask Amy: Old friend is too curious about birth mystery

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: In the years following college, I had a close group of friends. As the years passed and our lives moved in different directions, our contact with each other gradually lessened, but we'd still keep in touch via Facebook, email, text, and the occasional dinner get-together.

One of the girls in this group, “Sheila,” moved to a different country several years ago.

She was single and "looking."

In my communications with her afterward I tried not to pry about her dating life since I realize that not everyone likes being asked about that.

Fast-forward to a few months ago. Another friend from that group who was staying in that country thought she saw Sheila post in a Facebook group (in that country's language), asking for things for a four-month-old baby.

My friend asked me if I knew of anything about Sheila having a baby (I didn’t).


My curiosity got the best of me, and I asked another one of our friends who had been keeping in closer touch with Sheila if she knew anything about this.

She apparently didn't want to tell me anything about the situation herself and suggested that I ask Sheila directly.

I felt awkward bringing this up out of the blue with Sheila, but that's what I did.

She replied that things have been really busy with her and she'd like to catch up soon.


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