Dear Abby: My best friend, ďKyra,Ē has joined the drama department at our school. She has made a lot of theater friends now and hangs out with them every day after school. She used to meet me occasionally at my locker after school, but no longer does so. The only time I see her, sheís with her theater friends, and Iím uncomfortable because I donít know them and Iím shy.
Iím trying to make friends with Kyraís friends, but when Iím with her, she kind of ignores me and doesnít try to include me as much as she could. Itís depressing that my best friend would rather hang out with other people than me. Iím missing her.
What do I do?
Cast-off in California
Dear Cast-off: Kyraís behavior is insensitive, but I donít think you can change her. So the solution will be for you to become less emotionally dependent upon her.
A way to do that would be to develop some outside interests of your own and start cultivating them.
While Kyra might have a flair for drama, perhaps you might be more interested in sports, art, computers, etc. If you start to explore what activities are available, it will provide you with a larger circle of acquaintances, and youíll miss your friend less because you are filling your time with other things. Please give it a try.
Dear Abby: Three times in the last week I have been hugged by people who then informed me that they were sick. At dinner last night, one friend blew his nose throughout the meal and then wanted to shake hands. Yuck!
A little reminder during cold season: If you are sick, ďcoming down with somethingĒ or even just ďfighting off a little bug,Ē donít hug others! Donít give a little peck on the cheek or shake hands. You can politely mention that you are ďa bit under the weather and donít want to share.Ē Other people wonít be offended or think you are being standoffish. They will be grateful for your thoughtfulness.
Trying to Stay Healthy
Dear Trying: Thatís good advice, if folks are willing to heed it. I can only add that flu vaccinations, frequent hand-washing and a small bottle of hand sanitizer can lessen the chances of getting these viruses when our friends are in a state of denial, and it wasnít ďan allergy.Ē
Dear Abby: Iím not particularly attractive, pretty or girly. I donít think Iím what boys are looking for, so I tend to not be too involved with them. I have a lot of male friends, but I have never had a first kiss, a first date, etc.
Yesterday, a guy friend asked me out. I was shocked. I saw him as only a friend and never thought of him as a boyfriend, so I said no. He acted like it wasnít a big deal. Things arenít awkward between us, but I think I may have hurt his feelings or his self-esteem.
After school ó heíd asked me out after my third class ó I couldnít stop thinking about him. I donít regret my decision, but Iím worried about him. Can you help me?
Concerned in Eugene, Ore.
Dear Concerned: It might help to recognize that people ask each other out for a variety of reasons ó which can include needing a date for an event, romantic interest or just wanting to hang out with someone who is good company. Not knowing your friend, I canít guess what his reason was when he asked you out.
Because you think you may have hurt his feelings, make a point of telling him that you hope you didnít. And mention that since you are new to the idea of dating, you think you may owe him an apology because you care about him as a friend.
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