“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#1 Oct 20, 2013
Dear Amy: My wife and I are a mid-50s couple. We are close friends with a successful, respected attorney. She has stuck by us through thick and thin, including the loss of our only child and the ensuing trial and lawsuit for wrongful death some years ago.

We have always highly respected her integrity and honesty. Her husband is a lazy, amiable layabout. Their marriage is not good.

Two weeks ago she told us she is leaving this marriage of some 25 years and has been living a double life with another man for the past several years, including going on vacations together and buying a house with him!

She says she wanted to wait until her child started college before leaving the marriage. She seems to feel we should all be happy for her and can't wait for us to visit her new home and meet her new love — something we have no desire whatsoever to do.

I haven't spoken with her since we got the news and I just don't know what to say or do. I don't have so many close friends that I can afford to lose one, but we are totally stunned by this.— Confounded

Dear Confounded: Longstanding, loving and loyal friendships can tolerate — and require, really — honesty. She has not held up her end of the friendship contract by withholding her life from you, but would you have wanted her to share these things as they were happening? This would have put you in a tough position.

You can correct for her behavior by being honest now. You say to her, "We're shocked. We're confused and bewildered. We are totally stunned. We don't really know what to say or do. We need time to adjust to this." Keep the door open. She stuck with you through thick and thin, and now you are returning the kindness.

Dear Amy: I recently changed jobs. During my search for new employment, my boss encouraged me to use her as a reference, which I did.

She was contacted by two companies, but gave one a terrible recommendation and did not return repeated calls from the other.

At the time of my departure, she was barely speaking to me, which I found hurtful and confusing since I had been a good employee for five years.

My former boss lives down the street from me and we occasionally cross paths. I'm not sure how to interact when we see each other in the neighborhood. How should I handle this?— Confused

Dear Confused: What your former boss did was unprofessional and unkind. She offered (begged) to give a recommendation and then betrayed this offer in her response (and lack of response).

Because she has given you no reason to doubt your performance, you can only assume that she is retaliating because you chose to leave. This is petty and foolish on her part. In work, and in life, you simply never know when the way you conduct a relationship will have ramifications later. After all, she may need you some day — for instance, she may want to come to work for you at some point in the future.

You have to determine if you could learn something useful by confronting her. If so, then you should be brave enough to ask her to explain her behavior.

If you don't want to do this, the way to respond to her when you cross paths is to be cordial, neighborly and as if you are unfazed by her behavior. Behaving well is (most often) the best revenge.

Dear Amy: I liked your answer to "Wondering (but not Wandering) Wife," who was in a sexless marriage. I'll add that if you break it down to its simplest form, the marriage as a whole is not working for her. She should either take your advice and seek professional help to see if the marriage can possibly work as she needs it to, or, she should get divorced. I think divorce is the lesser evil, compared with cheating.— Mike

Dear Mike: Wondering was considering seeking sex outside of the marriage; if her husband agrees to this then it's not really "cheating."

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#2 Oct 21, 2013
1- Judgmental much?

2- How dare her?! You deserve your accolades!!

3- "if her husband agrees to this then it's not really "cheating.""

I disagree, actually.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#3 Oct 21, 2013
1 Well, isnt all this just about YOU! Get your head out of your butt and realize the world does not revolve around you. She had found happiness (for the time being), so just wish her well, and tell her its a lot to absorb.

BTW, stay friends with the soon to be X, she will be paying to keep him is style for a few years, and he will have some money (hers) to burn.

2 Chase them down the street with a bat. Your paths wont cross anymore.

3 Whoa! Lets not have talk about open marriages, this is a family paper!

Since: Jun 09

Saint Petersburg, FL

#4 Oct 21, 2013
LW1: Get over it. Tell her how you feel, but don't hold a grudge.

LW2: Why would you tell your boss you are looking for another job? Unless you are being downsized or something, it's jsut stupid,

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#5 Oct 21, 2013
LW1: Not sure why you are so judgmental. She was in a bad marriage, as you acknowledge. While living a double life is not something her soon to be ex-husband should be happy about, it really has no effect on YOU and doesn’t involve you.

I think you should be happy for her and let her and her soon to be ex-husband worry about the circumstances of their own failed marriage.

LW2: Since she encouraged you to use her as a reference, I would ask her what is up.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#6 Oct 21, 2013
LW1: I agree with edog. <gollum, gollum>

LW2: Ignore their existence.

LW3: Could I get a hall pass for this rehash?

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#7 Oct 21, 2013
yep
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Patchogue, NY

#8 Oct 21, 2013
L1: So she stuck by YOU thru thick and thin?
L2: What should you do? You can start by not giving her as a job reference in the future. And unless your new job is in the same field, I would tell her "thanks for nothing bit ch!". If it is in the same field, keep mouth shut.

Since: Mar 09

West Palm Beach, FL

#9 Oct 21, 2013
L2: My gut says ask her about it (call her on it), but my mind says what's the point? It won't change anything.

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