Ask Amy: My husband’s lie to his family is now my problem

Dear Amy: My husband’s family gathered for their annual holiday party. After 35 years of marriage, I acknowledge that these parties are stressful events for me.

Amy Dickinson 

I develop physical ailments approaching the dates of these gatherings and am unable to sleep.

There is excessive drinking and bigoted talk. My husband’s stance on this behavior is to ignore it.

I chose not to attend this year.

Apparently, my husband made up a story about my having to get together with an out-of-town friend. Now, my sister-in-law is asking how my visit was with my friend.

I prefer not to lie. I also do not intend to attend these events in the future.

How do I handle the inquisition from my sister-in-law? How do I encourage my husband to stop making up excuses?

Done with the Toxicity

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Dear Done: Your husband can explain your absence. You don’t have to affirm it, however.

Your sister-in-law might be hunting for an explanation because she senses that your husband was not being truthful.

You can respond: “I always find this party pretty stressful, so I decided to skip it. ‘Barney’ enjoys it, so we decided to go our separate ways this year. I hope you all had a good time — and that you have a great new year.”

Dear Amy: I’m concerned about my 24-year-old daughter’s choice in a boyfriend. She is an intelligent college graduate, working in her field.

She met her boyfriend at work, and they quickly became serious. He is a 27-year-old unskilled laborer in the company’s warehouse, working there since high school.

He moved into her apartment. He works just enough to pay his bills and go hunting and fishing. He has no long-term plans.

When she met him, he was dealing with a DUI, having lost his license with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 and a subsequent accident.

She helped sort out all the court documents and necessary steps to finally get his license back, which was just finalized a few weeks before Christmas.

Then, on Christmas Eve, he left our house in her car to go to a dispensary and was pulled over for erratic speed. He was charged with another DUI.

I told him privately how disgusted I am with …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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