Dear Abby: I am in my sunset years and not well. I know my time is short, but I have one bright spot in my life my 5-year-old grandson, "Connor."
Because the little fella stayed with us after preschool and spent much time with us, my wife and I are especially fond of him.
Our problem? Connor's dad (our son) and his wife (the child's mother) disapprove of our fondness for Connor. They say they don't want the boy "hurt" by my impending death and now keep him away from us as much as possible.
Dear Paw-Paw: Your son and daughter-in-law mean well, but they are misguided in trying to "protect" their son from one of the inescapable realities of life. They may be trying to avoid their own issues having to do with death.
You need to have a serious talk with them. Connor's relationship with you and his grandmother is a positive one, regardless of the state of your health. It might be helpful to enlist the assistance of your spiritual adviser and/or your physician.
Dear Abby: I have been involved with "Alex" for almost five years. We have lived together for two of these five years and have been having problems in the last year or so.
Dear Beckie: Your physician should be able to refer you to a counselor who can help. Marriage counseling is a form of couples counseling or relationship counseling, and it will work for any couple married or not who are willing to work at it.
Dear Abby: I have recently moved from New Jersey to Florida. When I am invited to someone's home for a party or dinner, I always bring a hostess gift, wine or dessert. However, when I invite these people to my home, they wrap or pack up what they brought and take it with them when they leave.
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