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Cruel Words Add Pain To Loss Of Companion

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My cat recently passed away, and it has devastated me. He was my emotional support during some of the hardest times of my life -- relationships ending, moving to different states, deaths in my family, lonely nights battling depression. My cat was my one constant source of peace and companionship. I miss him dearly.

When I mentioned ...Read more

Granddaughters' Thong Bikinis Make Waves At Family Gathering

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have two granddaughters and four grandsons. My granddaughters, ages 19 and 20, wear thong bikinis at family swim events in front of their dad, grandpa, uncles and cousins. I believe this is incredibly inappropriate.

I'm embarrassed and I don't want to attend swim parties with the family anymore. I've told my son my feelings, and he...Read more

Flirty Manager Makes Work Less And Less Comfortable

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am single, never married. A male manager at my job is divorced. After a few weeks at the job, I realized we were both single. I have been here for about a year. This manager is flirty and appears to be into me. He acts a lot like my brother-in-law, who I don't get along with, so I have tried to avoid the situation. I don't want to ...Read more

Child's Crafts And Gifts Pile Up Around The House

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a 4-year-old daughter. She spends time at her grandma's house and does arts and crafts projects there. When my MIL drops her off, she brings the project to our house.

We enjoy seeing it for a few days, and my daughter plays with it for a few days. Then it gets added to the rest of her toys. I want to give them back to my MIL, ...Read more

Young Relative Never Stops Soliciting Gifts And Cash

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My stepdaughter has an 11-year-old daughter I'll call "Kristina." Kristina is very well-behaved, but she's being taught at home that love is measured in dollars. She is constantly hinting about gifts and candy she wants. It has gotten so bad that when I keep her, I postpone errands because she invariably finds something in every store...Read more

Business Relationship Clouds Couple's Response To Affair

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have a friend, "Sophie," who is cheating on her husband of 25 years. Of course, this is not our business. But now, unbeknownst to her husband, she has incorporated her lover into their everyday life. Her lover is from India and is also married. Sophie is now obsessed with all things Indian -- wearing saris, dancing in...Read more

Aging Couple Contemplates Long-Distance Relocation

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are contemplating moving across the country to be near our daughters. We have lived in our home for 45 years. We are both active and in very good health, but unlike many of our friends, we have no relatives anywhere near us.

We have friends and neighbors who are like family. We are also active in our church and ...Read more

News Of Pregnancy Likely To Make Waves Among Group

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: For a long time, I thought I was unable to have children. My doctors told me it would be a difficult process and my chances were low due to chronic illnesses I live with. I have accepted this fact, because having a family was the reason I divorced in my late 20s. My ex didn't want it, and I did, though I didn't yet know I was likely ...Read more

Wife Prepares To Run Off With Husband's Best Man

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to "George" for 35 years. I was pregnant when I married. We had dated only five months. We came from families that believed you had to "do the right thing" and get married. I love my husband, but never as deeply as I thought I should.

I had feelings for someone else ("Dennis") before I got married, but we were ...Read more

Brother Puts Abusive Wife Ahead Of Remaining Family

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My older brother has had a tumultuous marriage to a manipulative, alcoholic, just-plain-mean woman. It has been bad over their entire 40-year marriage, including her physically assaulting him.

He called the police the last time and had them take her away. She eventually kicked him out, and he went to stay at our younger brother's ...Read more

Wife Has No Plans To Join Husband's Family Business

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband's family won't stop asking me when I'm going to quit my job and work for my husband. My mother-in-law worked for my father-in-law at their small business for pretty much her whole career. My husband recently bought his dad's business, which is going really well.

I have been ambitious in my own career, and I'm climbing the ...Read more

Mother-In-Law Shows Clear Signs Of Serious Problems

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am fortunate to have a great relationship with my in-laws. We live half a continent apart, so although we video chat often, we get to see them in person only two or three times a year. They are recent retirees, and we are planning to relocate together to a new location that is closer to my family and would be a desirable place for ...Read more

Family Friend Is Sidelined Amid Milestone Celebrations

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been friends for 20 years with a kind and caring woman, "Brenda." We always shared life moments, until recently. I thought of her children as my own. Her son got married (not in a formal or traditional wedding) and didn't want anyone there except his parents, siblings and a few friends. I was hurt that I wasn't included, since ...Read more

Flirtation With The Past Endangers Stable Present

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to a wonderful man for 17 years. Recently, I reconnected online with an old high school flame. We have been talking about my hometown, which is where he lives. So many things have changed! I moved away more than 30 years ago and have been missing it lately.

While texting, my old BF hinted that he loves me. I have ...Read more

One-Sided Relationship Seems A-Ok To Boyfriend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for eight years. We live separately, and I live with my son. The problem is my boyfriend says he loves me but doesn't seem to like spending time with me. He would rather mow my lawn than spend that same amount of time just hanging out with me.

We used to see each other several times a week, ...Read more

After 25 Years With Girlfriend, Man Remains Married To Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my partner, "Hank," for 25 years, but although he is legally separated, he is still married. We have lived together for 24 of these 25 years. He has two adult children with his wife. I used to be married and have two adult children with my ex-husband. Hank and I have one child together (now an adult), as well.

Should...Read more

Angry Daughter Retaliates As Mother Halts The Gravy Train

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Over the course of 12 years, my husband and I have gifted more than $400,000 in down-payment money to our adult daughter and her husband. Both are now in their mid-40s. I gave them most of this money behind my husband's back.

Recently, my daughter has been pressing me for more money, saying, "good grandparents/parents help their kids...Read more

Wife Discovers Husband Is Up To His Same Old Tricks

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I did some investigating and recently found out my husband of 28 years has been corresponding with other women. This is the second time I have caught him. He's sworn that nothing ever developed out of it, but I can't help but wonder how far it would've gone had I not discovered it.

Should I walk away and start over, or stay in this ...Read more

Ex Still Devastated By Girlfriend's Betrayal

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I still obsess over my first love, even though we broke up 21 years ago. We grew up in a poor mill town, where I was a frustrated, mediocre athlete. She was a cheerleader. We shared fundamentalist religious beliefs that, along with poor access to contraception, led to our decision to "save ourselves for marriage" during our five-plus ...Read more

Friendship Reforged Before Being Completely Abandoned

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a male scientist at a large university. Four years ago, I was surprised to receive an email from someone with whom I'd been friends many years ago, when he was a postdoctoral fellow in our department. We were good friends back then, but we lost contact when he moved east and quit research. He now works in computer security. After...Read more

 

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