Dear Amy: I am an only child who was raised by parents who were approaching 50 when I was born. There were no other children on the street where we lived. I attended a tiny religious school that was several miles away from where we lived. I grew up very alone, and I learned to like being alone.
Dear Amy: My partner and I have a baby boy and live together. We are nearly 40. We sold our homes during the housing crash of ’08 and got burned. After our son was born, we bought a home together. We’ve become extremely frugal in order to save more for our retirements and the baby’s college tuition.
Dear Amy: My guy is 28. I am 30. We started dating four years ago. He has commitment issues. He refused to refer to me as his girlfriend for two years. I finally got him to call me his girlfriend after I broke down after his graduation ceremony, where he kept referring to me as his “friend.” After that, we finally were an “official” couple and shortly thereafter, he told me he loved me.
Dear Amy: I was with a man I loved very much for almost four years. He is now in recovery, but before he turned his life around, he had multiple issues with my family. While on a drinking binge, he had a verbal argument with my father, which he has tried to apologize for many times.
Dear Amy: I want out of my marriage, but I have a darling 5-year-old daughter and don’t want to ruin her life by leaving her dad. I am also terrified at being financially ruined, since we live in California, a community property state.
Dear Amy: I have been mentoring a young woman for about five years at my current company. I was instrumental in hiring her at this job (as well as her previous position). I am a fashion designer and have made gowns for many top celebrities.
Dear Amy: I have very strong feelings for a guy. I’m starting to fall in love with him! He and I have gotten really close over the last few months. We are basically great friends who have both admitted to having feelings for each other.
Dear Amy: I have been dating a guy for about 2 1/2 years. A recurring fight that we have is over one of his friends. I get along with all of his friends, and after all this time I consider them to be my friends, too, except for the group’s only female member.
Dear Amy: I am lucky enough to have my adult bachelor son (in his 30s) live near me. His father and I are in our late 60s, both self-employed, and have no retirement savings. It was always my dream to have an “equal marriage,” have my own career and be financially independent, but because of the stressful nature of my husband’s business and limited employment opportunities where we live, I ended up working part time and being a support person for the family instead.