Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: A friend of 35 years recently accused me of exposing her and her mother to COVID. She told me she thinks I did it on purpose because I thought so little of them. This is not true!

I had been home for eight days and saw her on a Friday. The following Wednesday I felt sick, so I got tested. When my test the next Monday came back positive, I told her immediately. Since then she has blocked me and won’t talk to me to figure out what happened. I don’t even know if they got sick. 

We have been good friends and helped each other often. I have done a lot for her, but she still refuses to talk to me. What should I do?

— BLOCKED BY COVID

 IN CALIFORNIA

 

DEAR BLOCKED:When people are frightened, they sometimes act emotionally instead of rationally. A problem with COVID is that people can be infected, without symptoms, and spread the virus without becoming sick (yet) themselves. This is why mask-wearing and social-distancing are so important. This may be what happened in your case. 

Give your friend time to cool off and continue trying to reach out to her..

 

DEAR ABBY: My ex and I were together 17 years. He was a cheater, a liar and any other way a horrible husband can be described. I divorced him six years ago. 

My problem is a few of our kids think he’s a wonderful guy. The older one (25) lived with him until a few months ago. I don’t know how to make her understand how horrible he is. I think if she stepped back for a while, she would see it, but she (and several of his other kids) have been completely brainwashed. 

She’s very quick to ask a question, but when I respond in a way she feels is negative about her dad, she suddenly has to hang up or needs to go do something.

— KNOWS THE 

TRUTH IN OHIO

 

DEAR KNOWS: Trying to reason with your daughter is a waste of time. Trying to “deprogram” your children from the “cult” of loving their father isn’t working, so quit trying. By persisting, you will only drive a wedge between you. They may eventually begin to see the light without help from you. Let it happen on its own.

DEAR ABBY: I have a $20 bill that was torn. At some point, the two halves became separated in my pocket, and I lost one of them. Is there any way I could get value for the half that I still have?

— POOR IN NEW JERSEY

 

DEAR POOR: I’m sorry, but the answer is probably no. Sorry!

 

DEAR ABBY is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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