DEAR ABBY: My mother-in-law is 80 and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. She has enough money to stay in an assisted living facility, but my husband wants to build a mother-in-law apartment for her on our property. Abby, I don’t like her. She was a bully when she was younger, and she’s still manipulative.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I suppose you’ve heard of “control freaks” — you know, people who try to control us or run our lives. Well, that describes my mother precisely. She’s a widow and I’m her only child, but does that give her the right to interfere with my life all the time? — E.G.
DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, my husband got drunk and physically attacked me in front of his family. It was horrible. I was in shock, and our relationship never recovered. The next four years were a series of court visits for custody of our child and eventually a divorce. Last year, his mother began requesting visits with our son.
We have several very overweight friends whom we often entertain in our home. We have been friends for more than 40 years, and numerous times they have broken the frames of our sofas and have also have broken chairs.
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DEAR ABBY: My teenaged daughter will be giving birth soon, and she has decided to place her baby for adoption. I have told her that whatever she decides, I will support her decision. Here is the difficult part: This will still be my biological grandchild.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I used to believe in God, but I stopped after my mother died of cancer last year. She was barely 50, and her death just didn’t make any sense. If God really exists, he wouldn’t have let this happen. — J.R.
DEAR ABBY: I am a 12-year-old girl, and my grandpa is 75. I love him very much, but I have noticed lately that he stares at women’s breasts when they are jogging, and he smiles when a gust of wind blows a girl’s skirt up. This embarrasses me, and I am embarrassed for him. He must have realized it by now.
Cults are still active and aggressively recruiting new members. Some claim to have Christian roots (although they reject the Gospel), while others draw their beliefs from a variety of philosophies or religions.
My granddaughter Leyla recently told her father that her boyfriend, “Dylan,” has asked her to vandalize things — TV, Blu-ray player, etc. — if her daddy enrolls her in a private school or moves her to another school closer to his company for a better education.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’d like you to explain something to me. The kindest, most understanding person in my exercise class says she doesn’t believe in God, while the one with the nastiest personality claims to be a devout Christian. How can this be? — B.H.
DEAR ABBY: I am being married later this year, and I’m planning my guest list. My cousin “Emily” has five young children who I’m making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she’s starting to book her plane reservations. Emily just announced that she’s being remarried and her fiance has three children he shares joint custody of. Am I obligated to invite three children I have never met?
DEAR ABBY: I’m married to the love of my life. I can’t imagine loving a man more than I love “Wayne,” and I know he feels the same about me. The problem is, he’s always telling stories about things he has done, including past relationships, in graphic detail. I have heard all of them repeatedly, and I’m sick of them.
When my husband and I dine at a restaurant, if the waiter does not give us his name upon greeting us, my husband will ask for it. My husband then proceeds to introduce us to the waiter, saying, “I’m Joe, and this is Jane.”