Man an­swers wife’s hurt feel­ings with an­gry shouts

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - Abi­gail Van Buren Dear Abby is writ­ten by Abi­gail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.

The Vic­to­ria Play­house will present the At­lantic String Ma­chine’s “Heart­beat of the Is­land”, nar­rated by ac­tor Cameron MacDuf­fee on July 17.

The rich cul­tural fab­ric of Prince Ed­ward Is­land has been wo­ven from the many threads of set­tlers hail­ing from all cor­ners of the earth.

When these an­ces­tral set­tlers came to Prince Ed­ward Is­land, they brought their mu­sic with them. “Heart­beat of the Is­land’’ will trace the Is­land’s mu­si­cal her­itage from Mi’kmaq lullabies to Celtic mu­sic to Aca­dian laments.

The show will de­light Is­landers and vis­i­tors as they dis­cover the mu­sic of the Is­land’s peo­ples, past and present.

The At­lantic String Ma­chine, formed in April 2015, is based on Prince Ed­ward Is­land. The group is made up of five string play­ers (Sean Kemp, Karen Graves, Jef­frey Bas­set-Jones, Natalie Wil­liams Cal­houn and Louis Gar­con) who have per­formed world­wide with in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized sym­phony and cham­ber or­ches­tras, en­sem­bles, bands and artists.

They have re­cently joined to present a wide range of reper­toire from clas­si­cal to jazz, pop, world mu­sic and their own com­po­si­tions.

For tick­ets call the play­house at 1-800-925-2025 or visit vic­to­ri­aplay­house.com.

DEAR ABBY: I have been mar­ried for two years, and my hus­band has three grown chil­dren. He was re­cently plan­ning a get­away with the youngest and in­cluded me in the plans.

I didn’t want to in­ter­fere and sug­gested that his child might want to spend some one-on-one time with him. I later learned that not only were his other kids go­ing, but their spouses were as well. Every­one was in­cluded but me. I felt very hurt to be ex­cluded.

When I shared with him how I felt, his re­sponse was that he couldn’t con­trol his kids, but I feel he could have con­trolled his re­sponse. To ex­clude me was de­lib­er­ate. When I told him how hurt I was, he got less than an inch from my face and started scream­ing about my kids (who love him like a fa­ther).

It scared me be­cause he was in my face. I have never had a man scream in my face like that be­fore. I don’t know what to do. I was truly ter­ri­fied. — LOST IN THE EAST

DEAR LOST: Your hus­band may have re­acted the way he did out of guilt. If you haven’t al­ready, tell him that no one has ever spo­ken to you the way he did and that it ter­ri­fied you. Tell him that when some­one acts that way, the nat­u­ral con­clu­sion of the per­son be­ing bul­lied (which is what he was do­ing) is to fear the ver­bal at­tack will es­ca­late to phys­i­cal vi­o­lence.

If he can’t ex­plain calmly why he over­re­acted when you said you were hurt, then the two of you could use some ses­sions with a mar­riage coun­sel­lor. If he re­fuses to go, go with­out him. He was less than hon­est in not dis­clos­ing be­fore­hand that every­one but you would be va­ca­tion­ing to­gether. Dur­ing some of your coun­selling ses­sions, con­sider dis­cussing healthy ways to dis­agree and the dy­nam­ics of “va­ca­tions with the kids” — both his and yours — in the fu­ture.

DEAR ABBY: Years be­fore my dad passed away, he started keep­ing a note­book he called “Jack’s Dooms­day Book.” In it he listed ac­count num­bers and bal­ances, names of banks, pass­words, lo­ca­tions of doc­u­ments and other de­tailed in­struc­tions on how to take over his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties if he was in­ca­pac­i­tated. He al­ways told Mom and me that if some­thing hap­pened, to find that note­book in which ev­ery­thing was writ­ten down.

Mom died first, so when Dad be­came ill years later, he made sure I had the note­book. I can’t tell you how much eas­ier it made things. I didn’t have to go search­ing through pa­per­work to fig­ure out what was what. I knew the banks I had to go to and what to bring. It was all there, down to the changes he had made after Mom passed.

Even our fi­nan­cial ad­viser was im­pressed at how easy Dad made ev­ery­thing for us. Every­one should have a dooms­day book. — JACK’S GIRL IN LOUISIANA

DEAR JACK’S GIRL: I couldn’t agree more. I ad­mire your fa­ther’s prag­ma­tism. Too many adults fail to plan ahead for this kind of in­evitabil­ity, which causes ad­di­tional prob­lems for sur­vivors at a time when they are try­ing to cope with their grief. Read­ers, if you haven’t al­ready done some­thing sim­i­lar, you should con­sider it.

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