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Dear Abby: Married woman can’t resist when lover wants to meet

Dear Abby: I’m a 36-year-old woman who is in a loveless marriage. We do not spend time together, nor do we have sex. For the past four years I have had an on-again, off-again affair with a guy from my church. He’s 10 years younger and everything I have ever wanted.

My No. 1 problem is that I know adultery is wrong and goes against everything I have ever believed in. I always tell myself that this is the last time, but when he wants to meet again I don’t have the strength to say no.

I’m not writing to ask if what I’m doing is wrong because I know it is. I’m writing because I need your help/advice on how to say no when you are in love with the person, but don’t want them to know!

My lover lost his virginity to me, and I’m having trouble understanding why he still wants to be with me after all of this time. Is it because I’m just easy and he knows he can have sex with no commitment, or does he actually care about me but knows he can’t have me all to himself? I am ashamed about my behavior and looking for a way to

– Just Say No

Dear Just Say No: You may be attracted to your lover because you are essentially alone in your marriage. There is a solution for your problems, but it won’t be pleasant. Tell your husband what has been going on and why, and end the marriage.

Once the smoke clears, ask your lover the questions about his intentions and then decide whether to continue seeing him. He may be in love with you, but if he is, the question of whether you love him or whether he’s just a convenience remains. Of this I am certain: When you think you have a better option, you WILL find the way to “just say no.”

Wear the gown

Dear Abby: I work at a large suburban hospital, and there’s an issue that needs to be addressed. Patients walk around with their butts exposed! Patients are always given a second gown to use as a robe, but many of them decide not to use it.

When someone runs up behind them to give them the second gown, these are some of the responses we are given: “Let ‘em look!” (No one wants to.) “There’s nothing to look at.” (Yes, there is, and no one wants to.) “I’ve got nothing anyone wants to see.” (Then why are you showing it off?)

How do you think we should address this?

– No Butts, Please

Dear No Butts: “Address” it by informing patients that wearing both gowns is a hospital rule. That would be a start. And if anyone gives you an argument, tell the person that’s the way it is– no ifs, ands or buts.

Write Dear Abby at DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 60069.