Parenting & Relationships

  1. Tell Me About It: The initial response was the perfect one

    Relationships

    Q: Tiny problem here. Today is my last day at my current office. A co-worker, who I've met a handful of times in 10-minute increments, handed me a goodbye letter. I took it and said thank you, etc. When I opened it, I found a very heartfelt letter about her worry for the condition of my soul. The central point …

  2. From This Day: From spontaneous kiss to matrimony

    Relationships

    TAMPA — She went with a couple of girlfriends; he flew to the Bahamas with a buddy. By Saturday afternoon, they were part of a pack of 20 Tampa singles lounging around the Atlantis resort, drinking, splashing, gambling. And kissing.

    Renier Gobea took Michelle Burrell to Havana to see where he grew up, to meet relatives he hadn’t seen in 30 years — and to ask her to marry him. The South Tampa couple wed Sept. 26 at Durham Ranch in St. Helena, Calif., in the Napa Valley.
  3. Tell Me About It: They can be righteous without incident

    Relationships

    Q: I'm going to my boyfriend's parents' house for Christmas. We are 27 and have been together close to five years. While we don't live together, we spend almost every night at each other's apartments.

  4. Tell Me About It: Holidays bring out a lack of compromise

    Relationships

    Q: My significant other and I have been in a relationship for a few years. We both agree our relationship is headed toward marriage and have discussed the long-term future. We work great together and see eye-to-eye on almost everything — until we start discussing the holidays.

  5. Tell Me About It: He's unsure if he really wants to have kids

    Relationships

    Q: : How do I know if I want kids badly enough to have them to please my very beloved wife?

    Anonymous

  6. From This Day: Their paths finally crossed

    Relationships

    ST. PETERSBURG — They'd both been in long-term relationships that had ended. Hope trumped experience, and they turned to the Internet.

    Byron and Lori Spradlin included their Labrador retriever, Hank, in the wedding party.
  7. Tell Me About It: Celebrating Dad brings trepidation

    Relationships

    Q: My father is a very well-known physician in a highly specialized field. Throughout my childhood and young adulthood, he wasn't around much because of the demands of his work. I was not surprised when my parents got a divorce when the last of their kids entered high school.

  8. Tell Me About It: She may be the butt of the joke, too

    Relationships

    Q: My husband and I have a close group of other couples whom we spend time with regularly. The problem is, my husband is often the butt of the joke in our group. He's easygoing and hates conflict, so he would never speak up and say it bothers him.