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October 25, 2013

Dear Abby: Baby’s birth a source of joy, anxiety for first-time dad

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Stuck For A Response In Nevada

Dear Stuck: Your granddaughter should say, “Dad, please don’t worry about me because I’m fine. I am adjusting.” Period. It’s the truth, it’s not unkind and she won’t have to feel like she’s saying anything that should upset him.

Dear Abby: An ex-friend of mine recently apologized for some bad behavior toward me, saying she had been going through a rough time. She wants to renew our friendship and said she misses it. I was taken aback and didn’t know what to say. I replied, “I’ll get back to you about this,” because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings.

Abby, I have no desire to renew a friendship with her because I have had it with her volatile personality and her needy and clingy nature.

How do I eventually respond? I was thinking of saying I have a full plate of responsibilities and commitments right now and can’t make plans. I value your opinion, so what do you think?

Needs The Right Words In Michigan

Dear Needs The Right Words: You are under no obligation to resume a relationship with a troubled woman you’re glad to be away from. Unless she has given you a deadline or manages to put you in a corner, you don’t have to say anything more about it. However, if she does trap you into making some kind of statement, the one you related to me would be appropriate.

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