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Ask Amy: Welcome wagon should’ve stayed in the garage

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: A new neighbor moved in. I left a welcome gift on their porch, like I do for everyone that moves in.

He got our number from a neighborhood directory and texted us a few times, inviting us to visit.

My husband and I went to their house and our children (ages 13 and 11) stayed home.

Upon entering, the husband said: "Let's get the awkward part over and hug." Hugs came in our direction, and we gave them both a hug.

During dinner he mentioned wanting to use our pool. After more texts from him, we invited them over on a Sunday evening.

The husband immediately went in to hug my son.


My son gave him an uncomfortable side hug.

My older son put out his hand for a handshake. The neighbor said, "Oh, a handshake, huh?"

I never thought they'd come in expecting to hug our children!

A few weeks later he texted, asking my son to feed their dog while they were away.


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