Dear Abby Pressure Of Picking Good Gifts Turns Office Party Into A Chore

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  • Pressure Of Picking Good Gifts Turns Office Party Into A Chore

    DEAR ABBY: I am an administrative assistant. Part of my job is to make the arrangements for our department Christmas party. Every year we go out in a group of about 15 people. I no longer wish to attend these events. Group settings make me nervous. In addition, we all have to buy gender-neutral…

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  • Parents Insist Best Friends Must Wait To Date At Sixteen

    DEAR ABBY: I’m a 14-year-old girl and I have a boy best friend who is also 14. I liked him the moment I met him, which was exactly a year ago. He says it’s the same for him. We established that we both liked each other months ago, but we’re still only friends. The reason is his parents have a rule…

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  • Rocky Marriage Is Back On, But Money Keeps Couple Apart

    DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married three years. It has been rocky since year two. She’s a great mother to our kids, especially the one who is medically challenged. We have broken up twice so far, and are now back together. However, because of my job, we live in different states. Bottom…

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  • Murky Circumstances Of Crime Cloud Convict’s Welcome Home

    DEAR ABBY: After I became an adult and left home, my father remarried a woman with a grown son. “Jack” has been incarcerated for the past several years. I have only vague information about what he did, but I do know it was related to drugs and gang affiliation. His mother insists he was “framed”…

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  • Woman Who Wants Implants Must Ignore Boyfriend’s Threats

    DEAR ABBY: I have always struggled with a lack of self-esteem and confidence. I would like to get breast implants. It’s not to seek attention or anything; it’s merely to feel better about myself. Clothes don’t fit me properly, and I am embarrassed.My boyfriend is completely against it. He says he…

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  • Wife’s Retirement Jitters Need Adjustment Therapy

    DEAR ABBY: I’m writing about the letter you printed from “Excited in Maryland” (Aug. 16), whose wife makes snide comments about his impending retirement. That milestone is the biggest, scariest life change people make — a time marker like no other.With many people, our identity is tied to our…

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  • Rapists Should Be Accountable For The Suffering They Cause

    DEAR ABBY: My rapists are dead now, but I can see from the years since their attack what damage they have caused. I’m having medical complications that have developed over time, pain and suffering from those complications, PTSD and additional stress over pharmacy bills because of it. It has…

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  • Happy Southerner Turns A Cold Shoulder To Idea Of Moving North

    DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my amazing husband for two years. He has worked his butt off to put me through school, and I am appreciative and thankful. He has recently been offered a promotion, which means we will have to move from the South to the Midwest. Though I’m not a fan of the idea, I…

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  • Some Grown Children Live At Home Because It Works

    DEAR ABBY: My heart breaks when jokes are made about older children, especially sons, who still live at home. My son “Nick” has his own area of the house and cares for himself. His rent helps us greatly. My parents also live in another part of the house, and he helps with their needs sometimes.Why…

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  • Giving In To Angry Vengeance Splits Woman’s Family Apart

    DEAR ABBY: I made a big mistake three years ago. When I found out my husband was cheating on me, I became vengeful and sought revenge. I ended up sleeping with my sister-in-law’s boyfriend to get back at my husband and at her for some things she did in the past. It took my pain away — for a…

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  • Teen’s Serious Relationship Draws Fire From Boy’s Mom

    DEAR ABBY: I’m 13 and in what I think is a serious relationship with “Josh.” The problem is, his mom thinks I’m “mentally abusing” him.I have never done anything to Josh to make her think that. She and I have had our disagreements and have not spoken for periods of time before, but nothing like…

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  • Husband’s Sexual Assaults Can No Longer Be Ignored

    DEAR ABBY: I have been with my husband for almost 14 years. I’m a sound sleeper, and I suspect he has been having sex with me while I’m sleeping. I have woken up without clothes on, my undergarments askew or the waistband “rolled on.” I called him on it and told him I knew and that I’m not OK with…

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  • Daughter’s Changing Gender Identity Baffles Her Family

    DEAR ABBY: A good friend of mine recently found out his daughter, “Rhonda” (who is over 18), feels she should have been born a boy. “Ronnie” is now living life as a man and plans to change genders completely.To say the least, my friend and his wife are finding it difficult to deal with. He doesn’t…

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  • Holiday Greeting Need Not Prompt A Religious Claim

    DEAR ABBY: Every year around the holidays, well-intentioned strangers wish me and my family “Merry Christmas!” Even though we are Jewish, I have always regarded it to be a kind gesture to spread good cheer. I smile and return the greeting.My children have asked me why I don’t tell people we’re…

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  • Couple’s Invitation To Holiday Party Will Not Be In The Mail

    DEAR ABBY: Every year my husband and I throw a formal holiday party. We invite a small group of our closest friends, and everyone always has a wonderful time. Over the years we have grown apart from some of these couples. This year as we were starting to plan, my husband asked if we could trim the…

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  • Mom Bars Teen From Wedding Of Old Friend Marrying Young

    DEAR ABBY: I am 16 and my old friend from grammar school is getting married next month. I just received a wedding invitation in the mail. However, my mother does not approve of her getting married at such a young age (she’s 18) and has forbidden me to go or even talk to her.I haven’t seen this…

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  • Woman Weighs The Price Of Marriage Of Convenience

    DEAR ABBY: After a marriage of many years, I have come to realize ours has become simply one of convenience. My husband is a negative and controlling person who gripes about everything and anything. He has developed no friendships or interests of his own, and I have to battle with him to even have…

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  • Dad With Rockin’ Lifestyle Rolls In And Out Of Son’s Life

    DEAR ABBY: When I was 19 and played bass in a rock band, I fell in love with a guy I’ll call “Brian.” He was three years older and also a musician. We had the best times together — we were young and wild without a care in the world. But the years rolled on and we got older. After six years…

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  • Man Wants His Girlfriend To Stay Dressed For Bed

    DEAR ABBY: I have dated a lot of women over the years — including actresses, beauty contest winners and models. Every one of them, except my current live-in, “Amanda,” would dress up in lingerie when I asked them to.Amanda adamantly refuses. She says if I love her, I should be turned on whether…

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  • Hiv Is Treatable, But Only If You Know You’re Positive

    DEAR ABBY: Today, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day. With effective treatment, people with HIV can live as long as those without HIV. Fear, shame and ignorance remain barriers to testing and treatment, which can be more deadly than HIV itself.People with HIV who are in treatment need never develop advanced…

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  • Daughter Dreads Holiday Visit To Mom In Diminished Health

    DEAR ABBY: I gave birth to a baby girl two months ago. I have a wonderful husband and my in-laws are incredible. We live far away from both sides of the family. My mom is a former cocaine and prescription pain meds addict. Her addiction diminished her mental capacities, and it’s difficult to relate…

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  • Threatened Suicide Paralyzes Sibling Who’s Expected To Help

    DEAR ABBY: I have a sibling, “Bailey,” who suffers from panic attacks and anxiety disorder. Bailey was first diagnosed while I was attending college. I had a standard psychology class that helped me understand the basics of what he was going through, but whenever there would be a problem with him,…

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  • Neighbors Make Themselves At Home At Another Castle

    DEAR ABBY: I have a neighbor, “Mrs. Smith,” whom I see often in another neighbor’s yard, “the Joneses,” when they are not home. I have seen Mrs. Smith pick vegetables from their garden and take them to her house, and Mr. Smith connect extension cords that run to their home in the winter months when…

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  • Teen Questions Connection Between Sex And Marriage

    DEAR ABBY: I am 16 and a sophomore in high school. As someone who is exposed to social media, I see that many people emphasize sex as a sign of love. They seem to be saying a happy marriage cannot survive without sex.My parents do not have sex and are distant with each other. They have issues…

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  • Mom And Sister Join Forces To Dictate Wedding Party

    DEAR ABBY: My mother and older sister are trying to spoil my happiness about my upcoming wedding. I have known my ex-stepmother, “Gina,” for 20 years and have been best friends with her for the last 15. We remained close even after she divorced my biological father, who is not in the picture.I had…

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  • Wife Who Yearns For Husband’s Support Must Rely On Her Own

    DEAR ABBY: While I was nine months pregnant with my first child, I asked my husband what he would say if I had any problem during my delivery and he was asked to choose between me or the baby. His answer was, “Of course I’d pick the baby because you can never replace the baby.” His answer broke my…

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  • Jailed Addict Needs Release From His Low Self-Esteem

    DEAR ABBY: I’m 23 years old and currently in the county jail. I’m gay and also an addict, having battled a heroin addiction for the past five years.I managed to stay clean for almost two years. During that time I enrolled in college, got engaged, regained the respect of my family and started to…

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  • Better Mental Health Care May Prevent Future Violence

    DEAR ABBY: I have listened to our president and various candidates comment on gun control after the shooting at the college in Oregon. Do you remember the saying, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people”? Gun control is not going to stop this.What is needed (or at least would help) is more…

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  • Man Working With Wife Takes Professional Attitude Too Far

    DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have a great relationship. We work in the same school system. He’s an administrator; I am a counselor. We sometimes go to joint meetings, but when we do, he always acts awkward, like he doesn’t even know me. I understand we have to behave professionally, but not as if we…

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  • Daughter Fights To Free Mom From Her Culture Of Sacrifice

    DEAR ABBY: I’m 22 and my mom is probably my best friend. She’s from Lebanon and grew up during a time of war. Her culture taught her to sacrifice — to put the needs of others before her own. She has a good job and earns an excellent salary. My father is retired. Their marriage is not a good one,…

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