Note­book step­son left be­hind re­veals to woman his love for an­other man

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Dear Abby: My step­son “Arnold” re­cently moved out, and I found a note­book he left be­hind that I thought I’d use. In­side was a jour­nal en­try he had made last year about some­one he loved. The prob­lem is, it’s di­rected to an­other man. I want to be­lieve that’s not true, but the writ­ing and ev­ery­thing else checks out. I wish I had never seen it. We’re a Chris­tian fam­ily and have con­ser­va­tive views. Arnold never dated much, but we thought it was be­cause he was so fo­cused on his ed­u­ca­tion. None of us would have ever ex­pected this.

I feel such a bur­den right now. I know why he wouldn’t tell his par­ents. His dad would be dev­as­tated. I never keep any­thing from my hus­band, and I feel ter­ri­ble not be­ing able

Dear Stressed: I am a firm be­liever in com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Re­turn the note­book to Arnold, and when you do, use it as an op­por­tu­nity to open a con­ver­sa­tion with him about it. I do not think you should un­bur­den your­self to your hus­band.

Dear Abby: At what age is it in­ap­pro­pri­ate for an un­cle to cud­dle his niece? She’s in fifth grade. I don’t do any­thing ex­cept put my arm around her while sit­ting on the couch. She still likes it, but when should I stop this ac­tiv­ity with her? — Won­der­ing In The South

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