Dear Abby: Jealousy creates a barrier between biological siblings
DEAR ABBY: I am an American who was adopted at a young age. Several years ago, I reunited with my biological parents. They are not from America. My mother came here to give birth and left. Some time later, she married my father and had other children. I am in contact with the whole family, but mainly my biological parents.
My biological siblings are jealous of my success in life and clearly say they don’t approve of much of what I do. They also make sure that I know I’m not REALLY family because we haven’t grown up together (even though we are, by blood, 100% siblings).
I handle this the best I can, but now I am criticized by them for my political views. (They saw a photo of me at a political fundraiser.) When my sister turned 40 this year, I sent her a card, a Facebook post, and a text message. I was 50 at the same time and I haven’t heard a word from her.
Although my siblings are not Americans, they feel the need to wreck our country, our government and our way of life. I am tempted to cut ties with them. There is little respect in my path, and I think I have had enough. I appreciate your opinion, which is why I am writing to you now.
BTW: I had an amazing set of parents (now deceased) and wonderful siblings growing up. I just wish I had a better relationship with my biological family. – Disappointed and excluded
Dear disappointed: Your family is the family that raised and nurtured you. I too am sorry that you do not have a better relationship with these jealous and critical people. You are related by blood – nothing more. They don’t have the right to criticize your political opinions or your lifestyle, any more than you have the right to criticize theirs. (And I doubt you would.) Because you are neither respected nor included, you have every right to step back and point yourself in a different, more positive direction. Frankly, I guess you’ll feel better as soon as you do.
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DEAR ABBY: I am a 26 year old male in a long distance relationship with my girlfriend, who is 18 years old. I love her to the moon and back, but I feel like she only stays with me because I can buy her things. She gets mad at me when I don’t have them for her. She says I appreciate my mom and the others before her.
I love her so much and want to marry her. I am a pastor in a church. She thinks she should get priority over my bills and take care of my mom, who can barely walk. What do I do? – UNEASY IN NEW JERSEY
DEAR ASIA: From what you’ve written, it looks like you’re involved with an 18-year-old self-involved gold digger who seems to be with you only because of what you give him. She has yet to learn (1) that a gift should be voluntary and appreciated, rather than extorted, and (2) the way a man treats his mother is the way he will treat his wife.
Ever since you asked for my advice, this is it: shut your wallet and drop that “girl”.
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DEAR READERS: Well, 2020, a year like no other in recent memory, is coming to an end! I join you this evening in raising a toast to 2021 which will be less difficult for all of us. If you are celebrating this evening, please take steps to protect your health and the safety of others. – LOVE, ABBY
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