Build new friend­ships now at home

Albany Times Union - - ADVICE / GAMES - ABI­GAIL VAN BUREN

I’m a 15-yearold girl and a sopho­more in high school. Last year I went to school across the coun­try. While I was there, I be­came best friends with this girl, “Amelia.” We did every­thing to­gether, and Amelia even flew back here to visit my fam­ily when school ended and I had to go home.

It has now been a few months since I’ve seen her, and so much has changed. She doesn’t make time to text or call me hardly ever, and when she does, it’s al­ways a quick con­ver­sa­tion. Be­cause of the time dif­fer­ence and our sched­ules, I get that it’s dif­fi­cult, but shouldn’t she make some time for her best friend?

Amelia and I were as close as sis­ters, and I can’t stand the thought of los­ing her. I have al­ready called her out a few times, and we are good for a few days, but then she goes right back to pre­tend­ing like I don’t ex­ist. I’d rather not call her out again. Dear abby Any thoughts? them a prob­lem. I re­cently moved back to my home­town af­ter be­ing away for many years, and I was ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to spend­ing the hol­i­days with my daugh­ter. She has just in­formed me that she’s join­ing a re­li­gion that doesn’t cel­e­brate hol­i­days, not even Thanks­giv­ing or birth­days. I would never stand in the way of her cho­sen path, but I’d still like to be able to in­clude her in fam­ily get­to­geth­ers. I just don’t know how. Any sug­ges­tions? year my son was killed in an ac­ci­dent. A few weeks later I be­came ill and was hos­pi­tal­ized. My son’s widow looked af­ter me all those weeks. She was known at the hos­pi­tal by her name and also as my daugh­ter-in-law.

One of my doc­tors, stand­ing close to her and right next to my bed, asked for and was granted per­mis­sion to ask her a per­sonal ques­tion — “What hap­pened to your hus­band?” Was it in­sen­si­tive of him to ask that in my pres­ence?

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