LOVE TRIES: Your brother-in-law is an unscrupulous, immature braggart. “Karma” does not protect your sister-in-law from syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes and HIV, just to name a few of the sexually transmitted diseases to which her husband has exposed her. Tell her it is important to make an appointment with her doctor to have them all checked out. Isn’t that what you would want if the situation were reversed?
LOVE ABBY: I have two grown daughters. One of them is self-centered and refuses to give presents for my birthday or Christmas even though she is very happy to receive them.
If that’s your position then I guess that’s okay because I don’t need much, and it really is the thought that matters. I like to give gifts, but I feel taken advantage of.
This is compounded by the fact that I saved her from some difficult situations in the past. I know this is a different topic – and I have set limits on it – but this gift has frustrated me twice a year for the past 10 years and it’s time for a better plan.
Help please. – Good father in Oregon
DEAR FATHER: If the situation were okay, you wouldn’t have written me about it. I believe in communication. Talk to your daughter overdue. Showing thoughtfulness shouldn’t be a one-way street like your daughter did. The thought behind it is more important than a tangible object. If she doesn’t make the effort to call you or text you on these special occasions, I think your generosity has been taken advantage of.
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