DEAR ABBY: I am a semi-retired widow in my 60s. A few months ago I started spending time with a man I work with. We would see each other once or twice a month, strictly as friends. Our dates ended with a platonic hug.
By JEANNE PHILLIPS
About a month ago, a hug turned into an embrace. A week later, the embrace became a passionate kiss. Since then, whenever we get together now once or twice a week we spend a good portion of our time together making out. We love the way each other kisses.
The problem is, were still just friends. There is no desire on the part of either of us to take the relationship up a notch. What do we do? We should not be kissing a friend the way we do, but we cant seem to stop.
Were not hurting anyone. We have tried meeting only in public places, but there is still the goodnight kiss. I never thought Id need this kind of advice at my age. Must we stop spending time together? Flabbergasted in Wisconsin
DEAR FLABBERGASTED: Not in my opinion. I assume youre both eligible. This is the way relationships develop, and you would be foolish not to see where it leads. As of now, a kiss is still a kiss. Let me hear from you in a month.
Stylist fed up
DEAR ABBY: I am writing on behalf of hairstylists. We are busy people. Our time is money. We rarely even stop for lunch. Clients who come in talking on their cellphones are a real problem for us because they slow us down.
I have had clients jump up from my chair to answer their cellphone in the middle of a haircut hair flying everywhere. I have had to do a haircut AROUND a cellphone, with the client switching the phone from ear to ear! These are not even important calls just casual conversations.
The lack of courtesy is ridiculous, and it seems to be getting worse. I would like people who do this to think twice before subjecting their stylist to it. They should put their phones on silent, get their hair cut or colored, and talk on their own time! Fed Up in Nebraska
DEAR FED UP: You are not helpless. This is happening because you have allowed it. If you cant find the gumption to tell your customers you dont want them using their cellphones while theyre in your chair, then post a sign on your mirror that reads Cellphones Not Allowed.
DEAR ABBY: I am a new bride. I love my husband very much, but Ive encountered a problem I dont know how to handle. My husband and I were together for six years before we got married and were engaged for three. We eloped to Las Vegas (it wasnt planned) and had a proper celebration with friends and family later.
My husband makes comments that suggest I dragged him and tricked him into marrying me. I know hes only kidding, but its very hurtful. I dont know how to let him know his comments really hurt my feelings. It makes me feel like hes ashamed of our marriage. Newlywed in California
DEAR NEWLYWED: The squeaky wheel gets the grease. The next time your husband does it, speak up. Explain that his attempts at humor are hurtful, not to mention insulting. Ask him if he regrets marrying you. (If the answer is yes, its important that you know it NOW.) Clear communication is the key to a strong marriage, and so is respect for ones partner, which he appears to be lacking.
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