“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#1 Dec 16, 2012
DEAR ABBY: I have been separated for three years and am now going through a divorce. I have started a new relationship, and, for the first time, I know what being in love feels like.

"Mason" is a remarkable man with many great qualities. However, when we go to my friends' parties, they often make comments and belittle him because he didn't graduate from college. Mason is a security guard. It doesn't bother me, but I feel bad when people ask him why he didn't become a police officer "instead."

My friends are all professionals who married other professionals. They don't realize that they can sometimes be snobs. I don't know how to approach this subject without getting into an awkward confrontation. Mason's feelings were hurt before by a prior girlfriend whose family and friends thought he was a loser because he's a security guard.

I love him and want this to work. Why do I let other people's comments affect me? And how can I approach them about this matter?-- UNHAPPY IN NEW YORK

DEAR UNHAPPY: You may be affected because your friends are unable to see the wonderful qualities in Mason that you do. Please understand that they may feel they are trying to look out for your best interests after what has to be a traumatic disappointment -- the long, depressing slog through your divorce. If your friends persist in making comments to Mason about his job, you should ask them to please stop because they are making both of you uncomfortable.

However, I would be remiss if I didn't caution you: After someone has experienced a divorce, it is not unusual to experience a rush of adrenaline -- a kind of "high" -- during the next relationship. While it seems idyllic, the problem is that it usually doesn't last, which is why rebound relationships often don't work out. This is not to imply that there is anything wrong with Mason, only that you would be wise to take your time before rushing into another marriage.

DEAR ABBY: I want to be at home on Christmas! Am I so bad? Every year, my mother-in-law pushes us to be at her house on Christmas. My husband and I have even discussed this issue with a marriage counselor. Together, we agreed to always be in our home on Christmas Day. I am happy to have my in-laws over, but not bothered if they choose not to come.

My husband talked to his mother, and everything was worked out last year. However, when I told him she was starting up again, he got mad at me! It makes me sad that he is more worried about pacifying his mother than making memories with me.

I want to fix dinner and do special things in my home because I didn't have that when I was a child. Am I so terrible to want that? She had her time. Now I want my time.-- WANTS MY TURN IN NORTH CAROLINA

DEAR WANTS YOUR TURN: Your husband got mad at you because he has been on the receiving end of heavy pressure from his mother. She's alive and kicking, so in her mind her "time" is not yet over.

While I sympathize with your desire to establish traditions of your own, you will encounter less resistance and resentment if you do it gradually. A way to do that would be to alternate Christmas holidays between your home and your in-laws'-- a suggestion I hope you will take to heart.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#2 Dec 16, 2012
1- Your friends are just jealous that you got your cougar on with a 16 year old.

2- Ugh. I would think your husband would WANT you to spend the hollidays with your family.


“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#3 Dec 16, 2012
L1: Your friends ARE snobs. Abby IS right. It is a rebound relationship. Enjoy Mason for now. You wouldn't be the first person who got involved with someone totally different to experience it while you're starting over. I think that's probably what Mason is.

L2: Can't you do both? People all over the world do both. Go there for a few hours and then go home. Or do the every other year thing.
not a ghost

San Antonio, TX

#4 Dec 16, 2012
From what LW1 describes, Mason is probably okay. What friends does he have that she and he could spend some time with?

LW2 might benefit from going back to that marital counselor.
No name QB

Purchase, NY

#5 Dec 17, 2012
Dear Abby,

Every time I get hit in the game, I cry and hold my boo boo. How can I toughen up and act like a man?
No name QB

Purchase, NY

#7 Dec 17, 2012
Dear Abby,

Why does my team hate me? Why do they let me get sacked so much? Why can't I stop crying?


Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#8 Dec 17, 2012
L1: You have lousy friends. Get better ones.

L2: You can stay home. He's free to go to mommy's house.

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