ASK AMY

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY COMICS - Send ques­tions to Amy Dick­in­son by email to askamy@amy­dick­in­son.com.

Dear Amy: Seven years ago my older sis­ter died at 45from can­cer.

I re­cently vis­ited her daugh­ters (now 26 and 23) who live in the Mid­west.

They told me they haven’t been in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with their dad, who lives in the same city, since he re­mar­ried last Septem­ber. Ac­cord­ing to them, he is fo­cused now on his new wife and her daugh­ters and can see them only if his new wife is present.

I’ve been told by other fam­ily mem­bers that I should in­ter­vene and en­cour­age their dad to con­nect with his daugh­ters again. I also feel like I should step in with more sup­port to my nieces, but liv­ing in New York makes that dif­fi­cult. Lov­ing Un­cle Dear Un­cle: Yes, you should be in touch with your nieces’ fa­ther. Tell him that you had a great visit with his girls and that they ex­pressed a wish to see him more of­ten. That’s it.

You can be a sup­port­ive pres­ence with th­ese young women. Text them now and then, and send them tick­ets to visit you

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