New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Long friendship takes sudden turn

- Jeanne Phillips Write to Dear Abby at P.O. Box 96440, Los Angeles, CA 90069 or

Dear Abby: A friend of 40 years is always saying what she can’t afford, yet she owns property, has a 401(k), always finds additional work in her field and buys the cheapest groceries. She won’t spend a dime, even when it’s necessary.

In a recent text she was going on again about money. When I (jokingly) quipped, “You’re probably a millionair­e by now!” she jumped on me as if I’d called her the B-word. I apologized because she felt I’d badly offended her. When she didn’t respond, I left it alone. This was a few days ago. This morning I got a text from her as if nothing happened.

I’m no longer feeling like

I’m her “friend.” Looking back, she was never a good hostess when I flew out of state to visit her. Nor has she ever treated me for lunch or dinner, although I was happy to treat her to lunch when she came to visit. I don’t feel the caring, generous, giving aspect that usually goes with long-term friendship. When she was down financiall­y, I offered. I haven’t experience­d the same from her. I feel shot down and ready to call it quits. Your expert advice is most appreciate­d and needed.

Falling Out of Friendship

Dear Falling Out: Before ending a friendship, TELL this woman she hurt your feelings. Then ask why your comment triggered such a reaction. Her response will tell you everything you need to know about whether your relationsh­ip is salvageabl­e.

Dear Abby: I am a stay-athome mom of a 4-year-old son who is the light of my life. For various reasons, my husband and I have decided he will be our only child. He will soon be in school almost full time and I will be returning to work. When I think about it, I get depressed. These have been the best years of my life, and I think I made a mistake letting my son become my “reason” for happiness. I know we will make many more memories together, but I feel like it’s kind of the end of an era and I’m not sure what to do with myself. Can you advise?

Mommy Moving Forward

Dear Mommy: This may be “the end of an era,” but it is also the beginning of a NEW one. Your son is about to experience the first of many growth spurts, and you along with him. In addition to his academic lessons, he’s going to learn how to become independen­t and relate to other children.

Rather than dwell on your sadness, consider this a time of growth for yourself as well. If you can help out at your son’s school, volunteer if you have time. Depending upon your child’s extracurri­cular interests (like sports, perhaps?), you may find yourself involved with those and busier than ever. Because he’s starting school doesn’t mean your role as a mother is done. Quite the contrary.

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