He’s getting a funny feeling about wife’s new bar buddy
By Jeanne Phillips
I’ve had a feeling my wife is about to leave me for another man. For the last few months he has been coming to the bar where she works and saying stuff to her. He has also been texting her and posting things on her Facebook page. She told me he’s only a friend, but since he has been coming around at her work, she’s been really cold to me at night. We don’t have sex like we used to, and she doesn’t let me hold her when we are in bed. What should I do? She told me I need to get help because I’m jealous of him. Jealous in Oregon
I think “help” would be a good idea. Tell your wife you’re willing to get some on the condition that she come with you. It’s called marriage counseling, and clearly you both are in need of some. Your doctor can refer you to a licensed therapist. If your wife refuses, go without her. Please don’t wait.
I’m a 15-year-old sophomore. People in my class share their opinions and act disgusted when a slightly older man and a younger woman are together, or vice versa. I get offended when my classmates make these comments because my mom is 39 and my stepfather is 27. They love each other very much, and I don’t think age should interfere. Am I oversensitive because I’m offended by these comments? Age Is Just a Number
Becoming offended solves nothing, unless the comments are made specifically about your mom and stepdad. It’s my observation that people with little life experience tend to be judgmental about things they know nothing about, and 15-year-olds are no exception. Perhaps when your classmates are older, they’ll realize that people don’t fall in love “by the numbers” and that it’s a mistake to generalize.
When I was growing up, I was told to remove my shoes when visiting another person’s house. Now that I’m an adult and building a new house, I would like to ask people to remove their shoes upon entering my home. I have young children, and expect I’d like to keep the floors clean and maintain their good condition. Would it be tacky or rude to ask this of visitors? Shoeless in St. Louis
I don’t think so, but some people may. In Japan, removing one’s shoes before entering a dwelling is customary. The soles of shoes are covered with germs, and if small children crawl around on your floors, it’s not too much to ask. Be sure to warn prospective guests in advance so they can bring their own slippers, or keep a supply of them by your front door.