Sister doesn't want to be a godmother
Q: I have been dating a man for about six months now. We exchanged gifts for Christmas and I do not know what to make of what I received. He gave me earrings he clearly bought on a trip he took a good six months before he met me. We did not open gifts in front of each other and I have not said anything other than …
TAMPA — It had only been one month since David Parrino met Ami Hewlett, but just the thought of her returning to college in Tennessee had him in a tailspin.
Q: I recently invited my family to our home for an afternoon open house. This is not something I do often, maybe once every five years, in part because my family is hard to be around as a group. There are seven sibs, three with alcohol addiction. A couple of their kids also struggle with addiction.
Q: I am a widow with two boys, ages 8 and 10. My husband died 10 months ago after a long illness. I started dating about five months ago, a fact I have not shared with my in-laws or children. A counselor advised that if I meet someone special, I should wait six months to introduce him to the boys.
Q: Is it normal that friends with kids, once they have kids, become harder to feel connected to? We all graduated college together, started getting jobs, married, etc. Now I'm the last of the group that doesn't have kids — and I have a hard time feeling connected anymore to those who have kids. I don't know …
Q: I did some research and found my perfect wedding venue: not expensive, halfway between his family and mine, lodging on site, in the woods . . . I got all excited about it and told a girlfriend of mine. She has been engaged for over a year, and they have been saving for the ceremony.
Are you the 50- or 60-something parent of a high school or college kid who zones out with video games or TV instead of tackling his schoolwork or pursuing a career?