DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old woman who would like your take on a problem I have with several married female friends and my married sister. During the many years I have been close to these couples, the women seem unable to have one-on-one conversations, outings or a lunch date with me without including their husbands. Several times after making a lunch date, one friend, unbeknownst to me, has called her husband and invited him as well. Another friend’s husband never seems to allow her to talk to me alone and will even be on speaker or another phone listening — again, unbeknownst to me until he suddenly says something.
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Your friends may assume that you like their husbands’ company as much as they do. They may feel that because they tell their spouses “everything,” their menfolk might as well hear what you have to say directly from you. Or their husbands may be retired or semi-retired and have no social lives of their own.
Of course, the way to get a direct answer to your question would be to ask THEM why they do this, and because you feel it is rude, you should tell them.
As for your sister, she may be too busy with household chores to read your emails and reply to them, which is why she has her husband read them to her, or you may have sent more than she can handle. Not sending her any more emails is not the solution; telling her how you feel might be.
You have every right to be angry with the blabbermouth. Because the word is out, set the record straight with the neighbors who were kind enough to tell you your confidence wasn’t respected. And in the future, I wouldn’t blame you if you avoided the woman who started the rumors whenever possible and let her know why.© Universal Uclick 7/17