Abby: Wife can’t watch ‘friend’ abuse husband
Dear Abby: My husband loaned a “dear friend” some money a year ago. She has yet to pay back a penny. When I ask him about it, he gets mad and tells me it’s none of my business. I have hinted to her about some large bills that we have to pay, to no avail.
I know taking care of his friends gives him pleasure, but he has been burned before and I can see it happening again. I find it hard to ignore. What do I do?
Sick Of It in New Hampshire
Dear Sick Of It: I wish you had mentioned whether you work and the money your soft-touch hubby gave his friend was partly earned by you. If that’s the case, I don’t blame you for being upset.
While I’m not sure you can prevent your husband from doing this, I do think you are within your rights to insist that before he does it he discuss it with you. If he will do that, perhaps the two of you can find an alternative for the person other than giving out money.
Dear Abby: My son passed away unexpectedly a little over eight years ago. He was 21. At the time, he had been dating a very nice young lady. We kept in touch for a while after the funeral — letters and emails mostly, as I had moved out of state — but things gradually tapered off.
I recently learned she’s being married within the next two weeks. I am wondering if it would be wrong or weird of me to send a congratulatory card to the happy couple. I wish only continued happiness for her and her future husband.
Dear Wishing: I see nothing wrong or weird about sending her a nice card, and when you do, be sure to tell her not only that you wish her a happy future, but also that she will always have a special place in your heart.
Dear Abby: Would it be appropriate for someone to tell someone else’s children to stop doing something dangerous if the parent is not around? I’m talking about kids holding scissors the wrong way or running with them, pushing others, etc.
I would be grateful if someone cared enough to tell my kids that a behavior is wrong and/or dangerous.
Glad In The Midwest
Dear Glad: How else would the children know if they weren’t warned? To speak up would be an act of kindness, particularly if they were doing something that could cause harm to themselves or others.
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