Dear Annie: I am in my mid-20s and spend at least two hours a day in the car driving to and from work. I live in Northern Virginia and work in Washington, D.C., and rush-hour traffic here is a nightmare.
Fr. Damian Richards
This is another letter about an alcoholic woman. I believe the people around her are enabling her drinking. They don't catch on because she has convinced them and herself that her drinking is cool and sophisticated. Drinking liberates her, makes her the life of the party and the center of attention, which she craves. She says she handles life's stress with humor, but in reality, she handles life's stress with alcohol. She is not real anymore. I don't know who she is, and I worry about the effect on her children.
I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for a year and a half. We are both divorced. He's in his late 50s, and I'm in my late 60s. His daughter is in her early 20s. When she's with us and there's a conversation, she will talk directly to her father with an occasional glance to me. Even her body language is telling. If we're standing up, she will step between us to make sure her back is toward me while she talks to her dad. This has happened numerous times -- to the point where it has made me very uncomfortable.