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Ask Amy 4-25-15

And even beyond that, you miss having even friendships where you just learn about who you are, you are tied down and don't get the chance to travel and be independent.  (Tuesday Apr 28 | post #10)

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Ask Amy 4-25-15

WEll, maybe not "THE" best, but it certainly is the one time in your life that you're free to date, not real committment to a job, kids, etc. That's supposed to be the time you're footloose and fancy free. It's kind of all ho-hum once you get into your late 20s and beyond.  (Tuesday Apr 28 | post #9)

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Dear Abby 4-27-15

Good idea! I am going to see if my phone can do that. Thanks! I have a Do Not Disturb on my cell that will only allow late calls through if they are from numbers I might get an emergency call from.  (Tuesday Apr 28 | post #15)

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Dear Abby 4-27-15

Yes, my mother has had cancer in the past year and was in and out of the hospital. She also fell and broke her pelvis in 2 places recently. She also has a bad heart. My dad has had seizures and mini-strokes and almost died from heart issues at Christmastime after an unrelated (and successful) surgery. So, in the past year or two, I have gotten a lot of emergency calls involving hospitals and such because I am the only one of their children living nearby. And some have been in the middle of the night. Waking up to a phone call after I am asleep is very stressful and makes me run to the phone. During the day, I am up and just check it. If it's not them or the hospital, I let it go to vm. It's that jolt awake that is scary.  (Tuesday Apr 28 | post #11)

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Ask Amy 4-25-15

LW1: It's not her business, but doing the math this girl moved in with the guy when she was likely about 17 or 18 years old. That means she has no real experience dating or anything else. She is WAY too young to get married anyway, and they'd likely end up divorced if they do (although she's already given up most of her best years). THe granddaughter shouldn't push the guy in this case. She should eb happy with what she has and know it probably won't last anyway.  (Monday Apr 27 | post #5)

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Ask Amy 4-27-15

LW1: I agree that there's no way it's because the kids want to be near them. They want the snacks and fridge. Get a small fridge and put it in the basement. If you can afford a 70 inch TV for a basement rec room, you can afford a couple hundred bucks for that. LW2: Run from this guy. He's a loser. He would definitely get some visitation if he went to court (unless he's a really bad dude), but clearly he doesn't care enough to do that. And I doubt he's paying child support.  (Monday Apr 27 | post #6)

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Dear Abby 4-27-15

LW1: Report the collection companies to the FTC. Doesn't do any good, but it's worth a shot. Calling you at those hours is illegal, regardless of what it is for. It is worse when you have kids. I had a survay call me after 10 PM recently. I about had a heart attack when the phone rang thinking it was something about my folks, and it woke my kid up as well. I was ticked. I picked up the phone and told the guy off. I reported them, too. Anyway, then I would change your number and not give it to your brother. I don't know that I'd call the probation officer, though. LW2: I need to find a guy that likes fatties.  (Monday Apr 27 | post #6)

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Abby 4-14

LW1... families sound like cults where every issue needs to be hashed out to each other.  (Tuesday Apr 14 | post #7)

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Dear Prudence 3-27-15

Thanks for posting these, Tonka! For the estranged sisters, I think both are drama queens.  (Mar 27, 2015 | post #6)

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Ask Amy 3-27-15

LW1 - what Tonka said. Do you think you'll get hit by lightning by saying yes if asked if the baby is cute. If you don't want to hold the baby, you can say graciously that you're not comfortable holding a little baby. Heck, I've had a kid and I don't want to hold anyone else's baby.  (Mar 27, 2015 | post #3)

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Amy 3-26

Oh, I missed the Ohio one!!! I have to catch that! :-)  (Mar 26, 2015 | post #10)

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Dear Abby 3-21

LW3 has serious issues. She "must" go to bf's house? She's disrupting her kids' home schedules by packing bags and dragging them to a bf's house during the school week. Very bad parenting. And way to be desperate! This lady needs therapy and maybe the kids should go live with their dad for awhile. Mom clearly puts her own needs and bf's needs ahead of her kids.  (Mar 23, 2015 | post #7)

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Dear Abby 3-20-15

LW3 can jsut say "I'm not well". The other person will prob think LW has a cold and doesn't want to SPREAD germs. That should prevent any extra explanation.  (Mar 20, 2015 | post #6)

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Dear Abby 3-17-15

TOTALLY Team PEllen on LW 2. She nailed it!!!! If LW tries to raise that baby, I feel bad for that child.  (Mar 17, 2015 | post #6)

Chicago, IL

Topix Chitown Regulars

This is very helpful - thanks! I didn't realize I could left-swipe or up-swipe. I have to try that!  (Mar 16, 2015 | post #101680)