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Dear Abby: Woman weighs the price of marriage of convenience

Dear Abby: After a marriage of many years, I have come to realize ours has become simply one of convenience. My husband is a negative and controlling person who gripes about everything and anything. He has developed no friendships or interests of his own, and I have to battle with him to even have a day to myself.

How many other women are like me – stuck in loveless marriages without the resources to live on our own (at least in the lifestyle we are accustomed to)? Any advice for me?

– In Limbo Out West

Dear In Limbo: If my mail is any indication, you have lots of company in your boat. Many women stay because they are afraid to live alone or see nothing better on the horizon. No third party can or should answer this question for you. Make a list of the pros and cons of your marriage, tally them up and weigh the cons against how you feel living the life you are living now. A licensed counselor may be able to steer you in the right direction – which may entail marriage counseling and/or consulting a lawyer or your CPA about what other options you may have.

Keep up with piano lessons

Dear Abby: I’m a busy sixth-grade girl who has played piano for seven years. But my busy schedule gets in the way of piano because I have to prep for competitions. I love the piano, but I still need to keep up with my school schedule. If I tell my grandma I want to quit piano, she’ll be disappointed. Should I still do it or not?

– Stressed Out Musician

Dear Musician: Unless your music causes your grades to drop, continue the piano for as long as you can. There may come a time when other things must take precedence, but you never can tell how beneficial your musical education may be when you’re an adult.

‘Junior’ doesn’t merit honor

Dear Abby: My husband demands we give our first child the name “Junior” as his legal first name, supposedly to honor the baby’s paternal grandpa, who is also called Junior. I am vehemently opposed to it because Junior is a title, not a name, and also because Grandpa is a notorious drunk, criminal and adulterer. I am open to ANY other name my husband may want, but he won’t budge. Who should win out?

– Due Soon in Syracuse

Dear Due Soon: You should! Naming a child after someone is, indeed, supposed to be an honor, and from your description, your father-in-law isn’t someone who deserves one.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 60069.