Montreal Gazette

Husband always gone

- Annie lane

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for nearly three decades. Up until seven years ago, my husband, who is very sensitive, had a difficult time making friends. Oh, he’s super funny, charismati­c and adventurou­s, but he struggled outside the home.

Then he started finding groups of guys who were as adventurou­s and fun as he was. However, my husband has always been self-centred and took off on loads of trips.

For the past seven years, it has been trip after trip of four to seven days. He asks me to celebrate his kids’ birthdays, and sometimes he doesn’t even consider that his kids are on winter or spring vacation — because he always seems to make other plans.

I’m not unhappy or looking for a divorce. Should I just continue to let this go? I’m going with immature and selfish because his behaviour makes no sense.

Single Parent in a Two-parent Family

Dear Single Parent in a Two-parent Family: I believe that you’re correct that he is immature and selfish, though communicat­ion is the key to understand­ing why he is acting this way.

You need to sit down with him and talk with him about how his constant travel and neglect makes you and your family feel. Ask him for more attention to your needs.

You will want to form a compromise that allows him to still spend time on trips with friends but carves out time for you and the children. If that doesn’t work, then add insensitiv­e to immature and selfish, and get into couples counsellin­g.

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together for 28 years. He’s a very sweet and loving man, but his watching of other women really bothers me. It happens whenever we’re out together, even in church!

I know there will always be women who are better-looking or better built; but it’s really demeaning and leaves me with such an empty feeling. I’ve talked to him about this, and he doesn’t seem to take my concerns seriously.

What do I do? Do I keep smiling and pretend not to notice? What can I do? At this point, I don’t like going out. Feeling Insignific­ant in Florida Dear Feeling Insignific­ant in Florida: On a positive note, wandering eyes are better than wandering hands. I am glad that you aren’t concerned that something more serious is happening, which implies that the foundation of your marriage is strong.

Given that, you should be able to have a direct conversati­on with your husband. Let him know that this makes you feel insignific­ant to him and that it hurts. Understand that he will likely continue to notice attractive people but that he shouldn’t look more than a simple glance.

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