Dear Annie: I am a widow. I have three adult children, two daughters and one son. I am fortunate that my son, "Ryan," and one of my daughters, "Melissa," both live in the same city as me. But I'm writing because I have an ongoing situation with Melissa.
Dear Annie:I am a 67- year-old male. I married for the first time when I was 34. All my friends had gotten married, and my wife-to-be was studying to be a doctor, and I knew that would make people look up to me. I came from a well-to-do family but had not achieved anything on my own. Also, I did not believe I could support a family, so it seemed the perfect match. Our marriage lasted 25 years, not because I was happy but because I just was too timid to leave. We raised three children together, and I stayed at home while my wife worked. I was miserable because I felt like I had never really grown up and led my own life. I wanted to leave but did not want to when the children were young. At least that was my excuse. When the youngest was 13, I started acting out with anger, yelling at the children and my wife. I just raised such a fuss all the time that my wife finally asked me to leave.
Dear Annie: In a future column, please stress that when someone is cheating (or being cheated on), they should be tested, along with everyone else involved -- and the sooner the better. -- JP
I need assistance with family-related issues. I'm in my 50s, I have several siblings, my mother died several years ago, and I financially support my father. His only income is Social Security.
Dear Readers: We are living in unprecedented times. With many states imposing mandatory lockdowns and so many of our health care workers on the front lines, I wanted to offer a few thoughts.