Long dates are out due to aged mom
DEAR ABBY: For the last eight months I have been seeing a woman who lives nearby. We are starting to fall in love.
Our problem is her 95-year-old mother, who lives with her. Her mom is pretty healthy and has some money, but she's scared to be left alone. We get out for short periods, but we'd like to go away for a weekend together. If we suggest it, Mom makes a stink and gets nasty with her daughter.
Mom claims she doesn't want or need a "grandma sitter." She wants only her daughter to take care of her and be with her. Any help would be appreciated.
- Courting Trouble in Arizona
DEAR COURTING: If your lady friend wants to have any life of her own, she will have to stiffen her spine and deal with Mama. This includes not allowing her mother's sulking to prevent the two of you from having an occasional weekend together.
She should contact assisted-living facilities in the area and see if they will accept guests for short stays of only a few days or a week. If yes, Mama should be offered a choice: Either someone comes to stay with her while you're gone, or she will have to stay elsewhere.
DEAR ABBY: My brother died earlier this year due to an overdose. His wife and one of my sisters lived with him. They also gave him the drugs that caused his death.
Abby, they are treating Mom, my husband and me like dirt. Mom had no say in the funeral at all. They have been having parties ever since the funeral and spending the money left and right, while not paying the mortgage. I know it involves drug abuse on the part of all of them. We didn't do anything to them other than bring forth evidence of what they did and confront them. Any advice?
- Brokenhearted in Tampa, Fla.
DEAR BROKENHEARTED: I'm sorry for your loss, but please recognize that when relatives are as dysfunctional as yours, it's safer for you, your husband and your mother to move on. And if they do decide to come back into your lives, for the sake of your sanity, run the other way.