Cou­ple try to re­sist fam­ily pres­sure

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - MOVIES - Amy Dick­in­son Read­ers can send email to askamy@amy­dick­in­son.com or let­ters to “Ask Amy” P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY, 13068.

Dear Amy: My hus­band is from a Euro­pean coun­try. We are in our 60s.

I work part time, and he hasn’t worked in a decade due to health prob­lems.

We are be­ing pres­sured by his fam­ily to at­tend his sis­ter’s wed­ding next year in Eu­rope. The costs would be as­tro­nom­i­cal for both of us to at­tend. We would have to stay with his mother, and one of us would have to sleep on a couch. Our lit­tle dog would have to be ken­neled.

My hus­band hates wed­dings and so­cial gath­er­ings, and is re­fus­ing to go un­less I go. He also says I should go with­out him.

His fam­ily is feud­ing. Half won’t at­tend this wed­ding (and they live there). His mother was yelling when I told her he didn’t want to go.

My hus­band doesn’t want his sis­ter to hate him.

What is the way out of this mess? — Hard Pass

Dear Hard Pass: You and your hus­band need to find one ex­cuse (sorry, make that “rea­son”) to miss this wed­ding, and stick with it.

Your hus­band should be deal­ing with this, for the fol­low­ing rea­son: Th­ese are his fam­ily mem­bers.

Un­der­stand that this fam­ily pres­sure stems from the fact that they want to see him! Rather than blame fam­ily mem­bers for want­ing his pres­ence, he should ac­knowl­edge this, and be re­spect­ful and firm in re­sponse.

He should pre­pare him­self (re­hearse, if nec­es­sary), and give a very po­lite “re­gret” to this in­vi­ta­tion. If I were he, I would an­chor to his poor health as a rea­son. If he is not well enough to work, then he is prob­a­bly not well enough to travel to Eu­rope.

He should con­tact the bride — not his mother — to say, “I’m so sorry, but I won’t be able to make it home for your wed­ding. I’m very sorry to miss it, but I hope you will send us lots of pic­tures so we can en­joy your day from here.”

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