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Dear Abby: Give your wife the chance not to cheat on you

Dear Abby: My wife of 45 years is having an online affair with a man who is a former business client. I found out when she inadvertently left an email message open on her laptop. Her phone records confirm daily long-distance conversations, as well. Although I know they have never met personally, they plan to meet during a weekend convention at a hotel in his hometown next month.

Despite problems in our marriage, neither of us has strayed, and I’m confident she doesn’t want to lose me, nor do I want to lose her. My dilemma is whether to tell her I know what’s going on before her trip or confront her when she returns with pictures taken by a private investigator. I can’t let her betrayal continue.

Conflicted in the South

Dear Conflicted: Tell her sooner rather than later, so she can cancel her trip to the convention. If she’s willing to do that and work on repairing your marriage, there is a chance that your problems are fixable. If she isn’t, then face it – your stressed marriage is over.

Fork symbolizes hope

Dear Abby: Recently, my friend went to a wake and told me the person in the casket was holding a fork. My friend told me there is a story behind this custom. Can you tell me what it is?

– Daily Reader in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Dear Daily Reader: The story, titled “Keep Your Fork,” has been widely shared on the Internet. It appeared in “A Third Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul” and was authored by Roger William Thomas.

It concerns a young woman who had been given only a short time to live and who instructed her pastor that she would like to be buried with a fork in her right hand. She went on to say, “In all my years of attending church potluck dinners, when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would say, ‘Keep your fork.’ ”

She said the main course was her favorite part of the meal because she knew “something better was coming … something wonderful, and with substance.” What she wanted was to convey to her loved ones at her funeral her belief that something better was to come.

The ‘P.S.’ remains useful

Dear Abby: In this day and age, with computers and the ability to backspace, cut, paste and delete so easily, why still use a P.S.? Seems to me that P.S. needs to be used only with handwritten letters.

– Candice in Phoenix

Dear Candice: The majority of my readers communicate with me via the Internet, as you did. They use P.S. to indicate that what they are saying is an afterthought and so do I in some of my responses.