Dear Annie: I’m dating this man who is married but separated. We have been doing this for almost three years. I just don’t feel the love from him. Will he ever love me the way they should love me? “Waiting for Him.”
Dear waiting: If you waited three years, you will wait 300. I would not expect this man to divorce his wife soon.
It will be difficult to end things with him, but it will be worth it. Take some time on your own to regroup afterwards. Then go back there to give yourself a chance to find someone with whom you can share a mutually loving, fulfilling relationship in which you are both all-in.
Dear Annie: Earlier this year, you published my letter inviting readers to present their quarantine stories of a project I founded, Keys to Coping. We collect and share stories from real people of all ages who show courage, endurance, humor and compassion in this difficult time. Here is an example you can share with your readers.
“What are my keys to coping?”
“For my 90th birthday, friends had a party for me: two sheriff’s cars with flashing lights, followed by 12 motorcycles and 20 plus cars with license plates and flags. What a day! “- Annie Smith
“Today I went out for the first time in three and a half months! I had to put on a mask, real clothes, shoes and make-up. Worst of all, I had to put on my bra! “- Anonymous
“There are many things I miss during the COVID crisis. But I retired last year. I am sincerely grateful for that. I am lucky not to be pressured to do more than I feel safe. So, I appreciate the new recipes and the time to deal with the old projects that have been waiting for years. I appreciate the time to continue working in the yard and housework. And I am grateful for the positive impact of COVID-19 on the environment. Slow is good. “- Anonymous
“I was already in mourning for my gentleman companion, who died in January, so my pandemic was easy to deal with in a way. I am a walker and walk daily (often with my sister) for two to three hours, disguised and chatting. We are lucky to live in a rural town near the port and the ocean. In my free time I clean the garbage and read. Work for me! ”- Vicki in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
“My keys to dealing with the isolation of COVID-19: 1) Pray for all nations. 2) Stay hydrated and eat healthy. 3) Rest, relax, rejuvenate and read. 4) Communicate in some way every day: wave or smile at passers-by, laugh with a friend on the phone, FaceTime or Skype with your family. 5) Seek spiritual comfort. 6) Sit, walk or play in the sun to get vitamin D. 7) Ask and you will get help, answers, guidance, guidance or forgiveness. “- Anonymous
“I dealt with quarantine by chatting with my friends via iPhone, conducting online and dance classes in Zoom and Bullet journaling. Through quarantine I enjoyed everyday life. “- Eden, 14 years old
We are now collecting stories from school. We plan to collect them in a book. Everyone is invited to send one or two sentences, photos or anything else they would like to share to mailbox 304, West Hyannisport MA, 02672 or email@example.com. View stories and images https://www.thekeyidea.org/ – Lenore Lyons, Founder, The Key Idea
Dear Lenore: Thank you for sharing all these wonderful songs. You are doing an important service to document what it is like to be alive in 2020.
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