Ask Amy: I can’t believe they moved into our neighborhood without telling us

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

DEAR AMY: I grew up with two siblings, a brother and a sister. My brother, his wife and three children lived near our parents. My family and I (wife, two children) lived some distance away.

We maintained contact through holiday cards and drop-by visits. Everything was cordial, if not particularly close. In hindsight, all direct interaction was always at our initiation.

Sadly, my brother passed away quite suddenly a few years ago. He was still a relatively young man. My SIL still maintained infrequent, cordial contact surrounding major events (kids’ graduating, my father’s passing), but that’s about it.

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About a year ago my SIL married an old flame from college. She moved to his town, some distance away. We lost all contact. It was not just us — she and her children essentially “ghosted” their paternal grandparents, which was a source of great pain for my late father.

Strangely, last week I learned that SIL and her daughter (same age as one of my children) had relocated again six months ago. They are now living within 10 …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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