Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Something’s come between them

AnniesMailbox

Dear Annie: I am a 56-year-old male dating a woman with a 13-year-old son. We plan to marry in the near future.

The boy has no relationship with his father and is very fond of me, as I am of him. The problem is that he’s a mama’s boy. I think he is jealous of me. He competes for his mother’s attention and goes so far as to crawl into bed with us in the morning in order to snuggle with her. When we sit on the sofa, he joins us and places his mother’s arm around his neck as if to say, “Hey, what about me?”

I’ve tried to ignore this behavior, but it is starting to wear on me. My girlfriend sees nothing wrong with it, saying they have always been close and it’s always been just the two of them. But I think this isn’t quite right. I want her son to grow up a bit.

I raised three children and never experienced this type of thing with my kids. I feel she needs to do something to curb this behavior. Am I being insecure or territorial or something? I love my girlfriend and don’t want this to be an issue, but I have no idea what to do. Any suggestions?

— Don’t Want a Contest

Dear Contest: Many boys at 13 are still children, and the cuddling with Mommy is not indicative of an aberration. However, this is also a time when Mom should be setting sensible boundaries and gently discouraging too much intimacy. Some boys can confuse their love for Mom with their developing sexual feelings.

Please approach this carefully. Suggest that the two of you talk to the boy’s pediatrician about appropriate behavior, and make sure your girlfriend understands that her son’s long-term best interests must take precedence. For information and assistance, we suggest the National Stepfamily Resource Center at stepfamilies.info.

————

Dear Annie: I married a wonderful widower nine months ago. We are both in our 60s, and he treats me like a queen.

”Vern’s” previous marriage of 34 years was a great one. When we married, he had lots of photos of his late wife. He thoughtfully removed them, but what upsets me is that he put a lot of them, including their wedding picture, in his home office where he spends 40 hours a week. Worse, the centerpiece of his bookshelves is the urn with her ashes.

I told Vern I thought this was a little odd, but he said it would be disrespectful to put her ashes in a closet. What do you think?

— Second Wife

Dear Wife: Vern was thoughtful enough to remove these photos from your presence, and his office is his own private space. And we can understand why he wouldn’t want to stick the urn in a closet. You can gently encourage Vern to scatter his late wife’s ashes somewhere that has significance for him or ask whether he’d like to bury them. But if he is resistant, we suggest you leave this alone. Neither the photos nor the ashes are in your shared space. You have no reason to be jealous.

————

Dear Annie: “Frustrated in Michigan” said she sent her college-aged nieces very generous checks and didn’t get a thank-you note. She then called the mother of one of the recipients to see whether it had been lost. The check was then cashed, but still no thank-you note.

In a situation like this, I wonder whether the giver is begging for attention. The gift was unsolicited. It almost seems as if the nieces are saying, “No, thanks, I’d rather do this myself.” I have been the recipient of unasked-for gifts, and they almost always come with strings attached.

— No Strings for Me

Dear Strings: If a gift comes with unwanted strings, it need only be returned — along with a note of thanks. But not to send any acknowledgement at all is extremely inconsiderate.

————

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Email your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

— Creators Syndicate Inc.

Special to The Enterprise

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Will city move forward on public power review?

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

     
    Attorneys at odds over Woodland infant’s death

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

     
    4-H members prepare for Spring Show

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

    Food insecurity remains an issue for many county residents

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

     
     
     
    Conference puts focus on Arab studies

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Youth sports in focus on radio program

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Rummage sale will benefit preschool

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Concert benefits South Korea exchange

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Davis honors ‘green’ citizens

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Water rate assistance bill advances

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Program explores STEM careers for girls

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Embroiderers plan a hands-on project

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Central Park Gardens to host Volunteer Orientation Day

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Hotel/conference center info meeting set

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Cycle de Mayo benefits Center for Families

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

     
    Author to read ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A12

    .

    Forum

    Things are turning sour

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    The high cost of employment

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    High-five to Union Bank

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Broken sprinklers waste water

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Three more administrators?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Neustadt has experience for the job

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Here’s a plan to save big on employee costs

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Davis is fair, thoughtful

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Ortiz is the right choice for Yolo

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    DHS tracksters sweep another DVC meet

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Another DVC blowout for DHS girls soccer

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Young reinvents his game to help Aggies improve on the diamond

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    DHS boys shuffle the deck to beat Cards

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    DHS/Franklin II is a close loss for Devil softballers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Baseball roundup: Giants slam Rockies in the 11th

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    UCD roundup: Aggies lose a softball game at Pacific

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    Jahn jumps to Sacramento Republic FC

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

     
    Bach Soloists wrap up season on April 28

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A11

    Congressional art competition open to high school students

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Emerson, Da Vinci to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Winters Plein Air Festival begins Friday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, April 24, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6