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While you may have ended your marriage 15 years ago, it doesn’t appear you have truly divorced yourself from your ex. Rather than having pussy-footed around the reason you wanted to change your seat, you should have told him it was because he smelled like a goat and showed he lacked enough respect for those around him and his daughter to shower and put on clean clothes.
He may — or may not — suffer from depression. Because he denies it, there is no way you can force him into treatment. You are no longer responsible for his attire or his welfare.
Because you’re concerned that he may show up looking more disheveled “out of spite,” you have my permission to distance yourself if it happens. And if your daughter is embarrassed by his attire, she has every right to talk to her father about it.Tired of kids tearing up the store DEAR ABBY:
If possible, designate a small area of your store where kids can go to play while their parents are shopping. Also, post a sign at the cash register that reads: “Customers Will Be Charged for Broken or Damaged Items.”
The problem you are experiencing is one that is shared by many other retailers. If any of them are reading this column, I’d love to know how they resolved this problem.Reach out to father on anniversary DEAR ABBY: Since my mother passed away, I feel awkward when my parents’ anniversary comes up. I don’t want to ignore this important date for my father (we are very close), but I don’t feel saying “Happy Anniversary” is appropriate either. What do you suggest? — Remembering in Orange County, Calif. DEAR REMEMBERING:
Your father already knows what the date means. Pick up the phone, say, “Dad, I’m thinking about you and I love you,” and if he lives close by, invite him to dinner if he doesn’t have plans.© Universal Uclick 6/28