Hi, Carolyn: I recently reconnected with a very good friend from college. She has worked hard to bring our whole gang of college friends together and it has been fun … except, her husband has started to annoy me. He messages me every single day wanting to know how my day went, whether I had dinner and lunch! He finds some flimsy excuse, like wanting my professional opinion on something.
Dear Carolyn: My wondrous 24-year-old son has just been diagnosed with a brain cyst. We haven’t seen the neurologist yet. I’m freaking out. Cysts are usually benign, but his is causing him problems – that’s what led him to the doc in the first place – and sometimes they are associated with tumors. There’s probably brain surgery coming.
Hi, Carolyn: I’m having such a hard time staying out of my son’s situation. He and his girlfriend just moved into an apartment, but can barely pay rent. They have an 8-month-old, a little dog, and just got a tiny kitten. They lived with us for about a year but got tired of us “helping” or “telling us how to do things.”
Dear Carolyn: I’m looking for advice on how my sisters and I can deal with what we see as an emotionally abusive friend of our father’s. He cancels plans with us whenever she “needs” his help or thinks she might, he makes plans based on what she thinks best for him, he gives us her opinion as though it were his own. When we tell him how much he’s damaging his relationships with his daughters, he sounds like an addict promising that he’ll go clean, without any concrete plan. Last week he finally admitted that he doesn’t really want to change his dynamic with this woman, he just wants to be able to manage the logistics better so that helping her won’t make us angry.
Dear Carolyn: My sibs and I (coming from three different continents) are planning a vacation for our mom’s upcoming 70th birthday. We all agree it would be a wonderful surprise. This would be the first time the four of us, no grandkids or significant others, would vacation together since we were teens.
Dear Carolyn: I was pretty badly bullied in high school since I was overweight, had bad skin, and had skipped a couple of grades, making me two years younger than my peers. In college, I started to “blossom”; I lost weight, I got into lifting weights, my skin cleared up, and I really enjoyed college. But those scars are always there, you know?
Dear Carolyn: I’m introverted and can be a little socially awkward generally. My parents are the same, so this is partially my personality and partially that a lot of social customs weren’t modeled for me. I have a group of friends from college, and they are usually pretty great with this.
Dear Carolyn: My daughter and her husband live across the country from us, so we mostly talk with her on the phone several times per month. She recently shared the happy news that she is pregnant with a baby girl. This is her first child.
Dear Carolyn: My boyfriend is divorced and the relationship with the ex is contentious and bumpy. I struggle when I hear the things he has to go through; I can’t imagine how he feels. I am the type to get super emotional and overinvolved when I hear about what I see as injustices or unfair or inappropriate behavior.
Dear Carolyn: About a year and a half ago my youngest son married a lovely woman who I am genuinely fond of, if not very close to. We are a large family and she’s an only child, and I know that can be overwhelming.
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