Las Vegas Review-Journal

Family can’t stomach birthday barbecue


DEAR ABBY: I was deeply hurt after going to a barbecue at my oldest daughter’s home. It was to celebrate my granddaugh­ter’s fourth birthday. My daughter’s husband is from Thailand. He barbecued beautiful dishes of shrimp and something that looked like a gigantic crawfish. While my daughter is accustomed to and enjoys this food, she and her husband are aware that I, my husband, her sister and her niece are not accustomed to it. We simply do not like the flavor and texture.

When I asked my daughter if there were any hot dogs they could grill, at least for my 9-year-old granddaugh­ter, she got angry and said she eats what her husband cooks. I felt our part of the family was not even being considered. Am I wrong for feeling ignored being invited to a barbecue where my daughter knew all the food being offered were things we wouldn’t like? — Ruined My Appetite

DEAR RUINED: I do think you are blowing this out of proportion. I assume you have been invited to your daughter’s house before and knew her husband does the cooking. Before coming over, you should have asked if it would be all right to bring a few traditiona­l American dishes with you. If your offer was refused, you could have skipped the barbecue.

DEAR ABBY: I am a news nut. Since adolescenc­e I have loved watching the news and staying informed. I also have had a problem since childhood. When I see a person get an injection, I have a physical reaction. I shiver from head to toe. Because of the pandemic, I can no longer watch news broadcasts because they constantly show folks getting vaccinated. Does anyone else have this reaction? — Squeamish in Canada

DEAR SQUEAMISH: I am sure more people than you think have significan­t reactions regarding needles. In your case, because news anchors usually announce before commercial breaks what will be featured next, take note of it and turn your head, change the channel or leave the TV until the next segment.

DEAR ABBY: What do you do with a large family picture of yourself, your husband, your son and your daughterin-law who is no longer your daughter-in-law? She and my son divorced after nine years of marriage. He has since remarried. I don’t want to hang the picture, but I don’t know what to do with it. — Out of the Picture in Alabama

DEAR OUT: Try this: Reach out to your former daughter-in-law and ask whether she would like to have the picture. If not, feel free to toss it.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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