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Dear Abby: Affair within family needs a confession

Dear Abby: I recently found out my daughter has been having an affair with her sister’s husband. This will tear our family apart. It will also have a huge impact on my grandchildren.

I have not yet told my wife, who will be devastated, but I’m having trouble carrying this burden alone. I feel they should be held accountable. Should I look the other way or make them responsible for their actions, knowing the awful situation that it will create?

– Stressing in the USA

Dear Stressing: What an unfortunate mess. Please do not assume that you are responsible for any damage that may result from this affair. Because you know about it, it’s logical to assume that it’s only a matter of time until others find out what has been going on.

That’s why you should talk to your daughter. Tell her you know about the affair and will now have to inform her sister, who deserves to know that her marriage is in serious trouble and why. If you do, it may save the marriage.

Should a guest help clean?

Dear Abby: In the last few months, I have gone to different parties for friends from my church group. I always go to the celebrations eager to meet and chat with people I haven’t seen in years.

What bothers me about these get-togethers is that toward the middle, I often get approached by the host who will ask me to assist with a certain task such as setting up the table, clearing or even doing the dishes. No one else is ever asked to help.

I was raised in a family that emphasized being willing to help a friend. But in these situations, I feel uncomfortable because I don’t want to refuse my host and because I was invited as a guest.

Isn’t it rude for a host to ask a guest to help clean? If so, what would be the appropriate response?

Infringed Upon in Connecticut

Dear Infringed Upon: Whether it’s presumptuous to ask depends upon how close the host is to the guest being asked to lend a hand. Some people would consider it a compliment. But if you’re not close, it is presumptuous. And if you prefer not to be recruited, all you have to say is, “I’d rather not.”


Dear Readers: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I want to share a poem penned by my dear mother:

O Heavenly Father,

We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.

We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.

We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.

We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.

May these remembrances stir us to service,

That Thy gifts to us may be used for others.