“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#1 Jan 27, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My fiance's friend "Art" and his wife, "Julie," just had a baby. While Julie was pregnant she asked my fiance and me to be godparents. Although we could not attend her baby shower due to a previous commitment, we contributed several gifts as well as a quilt I had made.

A few weeks later, Julie posted on her social networking site that she was thankful for her baby's godparents and named an entirely different couple -- not us. I am offended. If she had discussed her reason for the change with me, I would have understood. But there was no dialogue, and to this day I have never received so much as a thank-you for our shower presents.

I would like to distance myself from Julie, but without damaging the relationship between Art and my fiance, who thinks I am overreacting and should let it go. What are your thoughts?-- NOT A GODMOTHER

DEAR NOT A GODMOTHER: Julie may have been upset that you and your fiance didn't attend the baby shower, or she may have spoken too quickly when she asked you to be godparents and didn't have the courage to say so.

Whether you can let this go only you can decide, but I do think that before you make up your mind, you should have a chat with her and clear the air -- if only because your fiance and her husband are such good friends.

DEAR ABBY: My husband's younger sister, "Cindy," is mentally ill. She has caused tremendous problems in the family. She has been arrested too many times to remember and is now on five years' probation for injury to a child. My in-laws continue making excuses for her and are the worst enablers I have ever known.

My husband once urged his dad to put Cindy into a group home or program that will take care of her because his parents are getting up in years. They refuse because it would mean they'd have to have Cindy officially committed, and they think there is still some magic doctor out there who will fix her.

Can my husband do anything as a last effort before something happens to one of his parents, or she winds up in jail?-- SAD IN TEXAS

DEAR SAD: Your husband should try to convince his parents to get some family counseling. It might help them accept that their daughter needs more help than they are equipped to give her. An outside, objective person should weigh in so that Cindy can get the professional help she so obviously needs.

If she is physically, psychologically or emotionally abusing her parents, Adult Protective Services can step in to be sure they are protected. When your in-laws pass away, if your sister-in-law becomes a danger to herself or those around her, a family member can request a commitment and psychological evaluation.

DEAR ABBY: A number of years ago, when two of my sons got married, I paid for two lovely rehearsal dinners among other wedding costs. Both marriages ended in divorce.

Now they are both engaged again and planning weddings for next summer. My question is, how many rehearsal dinners do I have to pay for? And how many other wedding expenses am I expected to pay for the second time around?-- MOTHER OF GROOMS IN VIRGINIA

DEAR MOTHER OF GROOMS: From now on, you do not have to pay for anything. The expenses should be paid for by your sons and their brides-to-be, especially if their fiancees have also been married previously.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#2 Jan 27, 2013
I was under the impression that god parents had responsibilities for the religious upbringing of the child. If you are church friends with rt and Julie, you have a gripe. I suspect you are not because you found out on FB not at the baptism when the god parents stand up and agree to take their responsibilities.Do you go to church or are you of the same faith as Art and Julie?

Also, the term fiance covers a lot of territory these days. Given the long term commitment to the child, I would be leery of naming a godparent who hadn't made a marriage commitment themselves

Your fiance is the close friend- where does he stand on this?

(Snark) This is more serious than dumping a bridesmaid- was Julie one of yours?
not a ghost

San Antonio, TX

#3 Jan 27, 2013
Unfortunately, LW2 is "between a rock and a hard place" and may see that rock fall on her and her husband. "Cindy" can refuse counselling and/or
treatment. All LW2 can do is get legal advice on how to protect herself, her husband and those in-laws and inform them on how to minimize the negative impacts.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#4 Jan 27, 2013
PEllen wrote:
I was under the impression that god parents had responsibilities for the religious upbringing of the child.
This is only my experience, but other than standing there at the baptism, my god parents and my sister's god parents had zero role in our religious upbringing.

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