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November 7, 2012

Dear Abby: Woman can’t achieve perfect family with boyfriend in jail

:Dear Abby: My boyfriend, “Rick,” is in prison and has been there for two years. He is the father of my 2-year-old son. I got pregnant three months into our relationship.

Ten days after our son was born, Rick had to turn himself in for something that happened prior to my getting pregnant. He was sentenced to five years. He was supposed to serve only two years of it, but another charge caused that to change, and he won’t be home for another year and a half.

I’m starting to get confused about our relationship because we barely have one anymore. We never get to see each other or talk.

Every time I have a night out, I meet different people, but I feel too guilty to continue with anything. My girlfriends all tell me I need to move on, that I don’t deserve this and that I’m the one “in prison.” But I really want the perfect family.

What do you think I should do, Abby? Move on and be happy, or sit here playing the waiting game?

Lost and Confused

Dear Lost: I’m glad you asked. Although Rick is the father of your little boy, you are not married to him. Therefore, you are not morally obligated to put yourself into suspended animation until he is released from prison.

If you really want the “perfect family,” you should do as your friends advise and move on, not because Rick made a mistake that got him into prison, but because there was a second offense that extended his sentence. It suggests a pattern.

Dear Abby: A few weeks ago, I was given the news that a close friend had committed suicide. I wish I could say it’s the first time I have been in this situation, but I can’t. My issue is, I think suicide is more than a little selfish and I am unable to get beyond my anger. How do I support the family and friends of a loved one who has died by suicide when I can’t get past the anger?

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