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Ask Amy: Violent assault inspires forgiveness questions

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for 14 years (his third marriage, my second). We are very happy.

We each have two adult children.

His 42-year-old son, “Tony,” recently divorced with a preschooler, has always had issues.

Last Father’s Day, my husband’s children and grandchildren gathered at our house.

Tony, who has a drinking problem, started drinking beer early.

I was busy attending to the group and wasn’t really paying attention to the amount he was consuming. (Plus, he’s a grown man; I’m not responsible for him.)


Later, Tony decided that he and his child would spend the night at our house.

I fed, bathed, and put the child to bed, still not realizing that he was continuing to drink.

I went to bed, but was awakened by Tony and my husband arguing loudly. I told them both to go to bed.

My husband walked into our bedroom and Tony followed. Then suddenly, he punched his father with a closed fist, knocking him over!


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