Distance causes friends to begin drifting apart
Dear Abby: I’m a 15-year-old girl and a sophomore in high school. Last year I went to school across the country. While I was there, I became best friends with this girl, “Amelia.” We did everything together.
It has now been a few months since I’ve seen her, and so much has changed. She doesn’t make time to text or callme hardly ever, and when she does, it’s always a quick conversation. Because of the time difference and our schedules, I get that it’s dif icult, but shouldn’t she make some time for her best friend?
Amelia and I were as close as sisters, and I can’t stand the thought of losing her. I have already called her out a few times, and we are good for a few days, but then she goes right back to pretending like I don’t exist. I’d rather not call her out again. Any thoughts?— Faraway Friend in Maryland
Dear Friend: Rather than “call her out,” it’s time to lighten up. Stop trying to make Amelia feel guilty for not giving you the attention she was able to when you were geographically closer.
Because you now live apart, concentrate on building other relationships with people close by. This doesn’t mean you can’t remain friendly with Amelia; it simply means you are expecting more from her than she’s able to give you.
Dear Abby: The holidays are approaching, and with them a problem. I recently moved back to my hometown after being away for many years, and I was eagerly looking forward to spending the holidays with my daughter. She has just informed me that she’s joining a religion that doesn’t celebrate holidays, not even Thanksgiving or birthdays. I would never stand in the way of her chosen path, but I’d still like to be able to include her in family get-togethers. Any suggestions?— Missing Her Already
Dear Missing Her: Although you will no longer be able to celebrate the holidays with your daughter, you and the rest of the family can still see her and socialize. Talk to her about it and let her set the ground rules. As long as you are respectful, I’m sure she will be glad to give you suggestions about what you CAN do together.