The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Beau’s daughter resists connecting

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

Dear Abby: I’m divorced and have been dating my guy friend for five years. We recognized after we started dating that we love each other, and we planned to move in together after a year of dating. I reached out to my guy’s ex-wife and daughter as a friendly gesture.

His daughter was getting married later in the year, so I tried to reassure her that I understood how stressful a big wedding is, and I wouldn’t be offended if I wasn’t invited. I wasn’t invited. Following the wedding, the first time I met his ex-wife and children was excruciati­ng. His daughter was very unpleasant to me.

Now, years later, the situation has not improved. If I try to be Facebook friends, his daughter accepts my offer, but limits what I can see. This is ridiculous. After five years, I would like to just gently close that door. Is that being mean or realistic?

Tried, and Tried Again

Dear Tried: Perhaps you came on a little too strong. It seems like a warm and caring gesture, unless your relationsh­ip was the reason his marriage ended. Have you talked to your partner about it? Perhaps he can help. This situation won’t improve if you “gently close the door.” You don’t need to track his adult daughter’s activities on Facebook. It couldn’t hurt to step back and stick with the status quo, and that’s what I recommend. Dear Abby: My husband and I have been together 30 years. We have four wonderful adult children and four beautiful grandchild­ren. We started our family very young and are now entering our 50s. I’m ready to get out and travel the world, but my husband wants to move closer to one of our children to help with the kids. We have had many loud conversati­ons regarding my unwillingn­ess to raise children all over again. I love my grandchild­ren, but I’m enjoying my newfound freedom.

Our son and his wife have successful careers. They can afford quality child care, and I don’t see the need for us to uproot our lives and move hours away just to be on-call babysitter­s. I love the town we live in, and I’m starting to resent his relentless “persuasion.” Advice?

Staying Put in Florida

Dear Staying:

Your feelings are understand­able. I will assume that your husband wants to uproot your lives because he is retired and has nothing to occupy his time. Please do not allow him to wear you down if you are not equally enthusiast­ic about becoming an on-call babysitter. You deserve to travel if you have the means to do it. He could take that time to travel to wherever your son and his family live and give them a break in your absence.

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