“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#1 Jul 4, 2013
DEAR AMY: My boyfriend of 12 years and I are supposed to move into a house together at the end of this month, but there are problems.

Until now, we’ve lived separately. He has a house a half-hour away from mine. Both of us have grown children. While my children have known him for almost all of the 12 years, his children do not even know I exist.
This is an ongoing issue between us. Two weeks ago, he took his oldest daughter (who is 27 and married) to see the house we’re buying. He told her to pick out any bedroom she wanted. He didn’t tell her about me.

I was very upset and said that he should tell his kids about me immediately. He got mad and hasn’t spoken to me for 10 days. He doesn’t take my calls and he doesn’t call me. I know from past experience that he is waiting for me to apologize for questioning him.

I’m worn down by all of this and very depressed. I’ve invested a lot of money putting my house on the market, I’ve accepted an offer and the closing is scheduled. Am I making a huge mistake or can this relationship somehow work? Please help me.-- Fretting

DEAR FRETTING: Because you have made the shocking choice to accept an offer on your house and invest in another under such dicey circumstances, I’m going to leave my sometimes cozy perch, grab my megaphone and tell you, no, no, no, no!

This relationship will never work. Every single thing about it is so off-kilter that I can only imagine that you checked your brain, along with your self-esteem, somewhere along the way.

Take this current crisis as a wake-up call that will change the course of your future in a very positive way. Do whatever is necessary to extricate yourself from this house deal and start fresh. Do not communicate with this man again. Put as much distance as possible between you. His refusal to acknowledge you to others effectively negates your very existence. Please, reconnect with who you are and start your life anew.

DEAR AMY: My father is in his mid-80s and in poor health. Mom died several years ago.

Dad has always been miserable. He never really had a kind word to say to anyone, complained almost constantly and basically has always been a mean and miserable guy.

At my workplace in the past six months we have had five elderly parents of co-workers pass away. Collections were taken, cards sent and services have been held for these family members. That got me pondering the demise of our dad and how I will not have the same kind of grief as my co-workers. Two of my brothers have already indicated they will not attend any kind of service for him.

How do people have and hold funerals or services for family members that were not loved? Are the services just kept private? When co-workers express feelings of sorrow to me am I being a hypocrite because I will not have much regard for his loss? Some insight would be appreciated.-- Not Sad for Dad

DEAR NOT SAD: There is no requirement (social or otherwise) to hold a service after your father’s death. It isn’t all that unusual for families to have small private services, or no service at all.

You are a lucky person to work in such a compassionate environment. When co-workers (or others) express their sympathy, focus on their actions and intent. If you don’t want to discuss the back story behind your relationship with your father, you respond,“Thank you so much for your concern. It means a lot. We aren’t holding a service (or ‘we’re having a private service’).”

DEAR AMY: A reader wrote to you saying that men seldom criticize one another about working (or not working) outside the home. You concurred that you “never hear men judging one another’s choices in quite this way.”

The reason is simple: Most men simply don’t have the choice of whether to work or stay home raising children.-- Logical

DEAR LOGICAL: Absolutely.
Stina

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#2 Jul 4, 2013
Thanks for posting!!!

LW1: I can't believe you tolerated this for so long! His 27 yo daughter is marries... so your long-time BFs daughter was married and YOU WEREN'T INVITED??? Has it ever occurred to you that maybe he was married a good portion of the time you've been together and that he is only now divorced? Now he doesn't know how to introduce you to his kids without them finding out that for 12 years he's been cheating on their mom.

LW2: What Amy said. Just say you are having a private service or that your Dad requested that he didn't want a service. No biggie. When they offer sympathies or send a card or something, just thank them. When a manager at work's parent died and I offered condolences, he said thank you and had no problem mentioning that he and his dad weren't close and they weren't doing much.

LW3: Tell that to my ex, after over 5 years, still won't get a job.
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jul 4, 2013
L1: Wait....his 27 year old married daughter is "picking out her own bedroom"?
LOL!!!
tiredofit

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jul 4, 2013
Stina and liner....you hit it on the nose. When his daughter comes over to sleep in her bedroom, he'll probably ask his livein to leave for the weekend and she is so stupid she will. Then we'll read another letter to Amy asking what she should do about it.
Julie

Chicago, IL

#5 Jul 4, 2013
LW1: "...While my children have known him for almost all of the 12 years, his children do not even know I exist...he took his oldest daughter (who is 27 and married) to see the house we’re buying. He told her to pick out any bedroom she wanted. He didn’t tell her about me.
I was very upset and said that he should tell his kids about me immediately. He got mad and hasn’t spoken to me for 10 days. He doesn’t take my calls and he doesn’t call me. I know from past experience that he is waiting for me to apologize for questioning him.

LW, YOU ARE TOO EFFING DUMB TO LIVE. An amoeba is a genius compared to you. I'm horrified that you've already bred and are spreading your 1000x-dumber-than-a-box-of-roc ks genes throughout the planet. God help us all.

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