Buy Movies & Books |Subscribe|Bookmark|Follow Us

My Account|About Us|Contact Us|Staff|Place an Ad
Home > Columnists > C.E. Marraffino
May 21, 2012

All Grown Up and Ungrateful

Dear Annie: My husband and I have five adult children between us, all making a good living. Some of our children expect us to pay their airfare to come visit us, in addition to picking them up at the airport, being their taxi service so they can go out drinking at night and letting them use our car. At no time does anyone put gas in the car or even treat us to a cheap breakfast.

During a recent visit, we made reservations for dinner with one son, his girlfriend, their daughter (who lives nearby) and the daughter's boyfriend. That morning, my husband drove them to the beach (10 miles away). They then called to say they ate a late lunch and asked that we push back the reservation and that my husband pick them up from the daughter's house and bring them home to change. It seems the daughter didn't want to drive the 10 miles to our house.

I adamantly said no to my 74-year-old husband. These "kids" are so self-absorbed that they think nothing of forcing us to accommodate their schedules with no thought to ours. I have told my husband that from now on, the kids must rent their own car when visiting. I'm tired of being their private chauffeur. Am I overreacting? — Selfish Guests No Longer Welcome

Dear Guests: Of course not. If your children are old enough to have kids of their own, they should not need to be driven around by their parents. But we recommend a tactful approach. For the next visit, simply say, "We wish we could pick you up at the airport, but it won't be possible. We suggest you rent a car so you can have your independence." You also can mention how nice it would be if they treated their folks to a meal once in a while to thank them for their hospitality.

Dear Annie: I am a divorced woman in my 50s and the mother of two beautiful daughters. When they were born, we chose to pass on my first name to both girls as a middle name. It's been a family tradition for the past four generations.

Recently, my eldest daughter informed me that she legally replaced her middle name with her maiden name. I was stunned that the name I passed on to her with pride was cut out entirely and forever. We are on good terms, and I don't believe she intended to hurt me. And I don't have a problem with her choosing her father's surname. Normally, I'm pretty laid back, but this one stings.

I'd like to ask why she made this choice, but I'm afraid it might make her think I'm too sensitive and she won't share future decisions with me. I keep hoping there is a sensible, rational reason that would relieve some of the hurt. Perhaps if I get it out in the open, I can let it go. Any thoughts? — Name-Dropped

Dear Name-Dropped: It's OK to ask, as long as you don't get teary-eyed and make her feel guilty. Or perhaps she confided her reasons to her sister and you would feel more comfortable asking your younger child. But be prepared to accept with equanimity an answer you may not like.

Dear Annie: "Wondering" wanted to know how to ask his parents about his inheritance so he could plan his retirement accordingly.

Recently, our son demanded his share of his "inheritance." The ramifications of this have been heartbreaking. Because of money already given to him, we made the difficult decision to exclude him from any further inheritance at our death. He received a paid-in-full statement that said, "This is your share that you demanded via an attorney, notarized and recorded through the courts."

So, "Wondering," let sleeping dogs lie. You will get yours (if anything is left) at your parents' death. Prepare and plan for your future yourself. — Sadder and Wiser

Annie's Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie's Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


Comments :


This arictle keeps it real, no doubt.


Hi Heather, I know this is years too late and I don't know if you will see this but I couldn't help myelsf. My best friend who has been reading your blog for years recently sent me a link to Mike's post On the Wings of a Nightingale . I am a NICU nurse and I cannot express how much I love my job. After reading Mike's beautiful words I went back and started reading your story from the beginning during the few minutes of calm that periodically arise during a night shift (needless to say it took me weeks to get through Maddie's time in the NICU!). It took all of a split second for me to fall hopelessly in love with you, Mike and Maddie. Despite the fact that I am meeting your incredible family years after these posts were written and I knew from the beginning that your time with Maddie was far too short, her passing was still shocking to me and I have to admit that I have spent the past few days sobbing as I work through your grief with you. I'm certain that three years later you know this already, and I hope that as I continue to read your moving words I will find a post that details your reconnection with your nurse, but I need to be sure that you know this: your angels are our angels and they change our lives as they change yours. Your nurse has never, and will never, forget Maddie. We remember every smile, every tear. The giggles and the snuggles are imprinted on our hearts and we cherish them as you do. Last year I had the privilege of caring for a little man that wasn't as lucky as Maddie. He lived only three months and never got to leave the hospital. Most importantly, he didn't have amazing parents like you and Mike. As a result I spent more time with him than anyone else in the world. He became my life and he changed me irrevocably. Tomorrow would have been his first birthday. I have thought of him and sent up a prayer for him every one of the last 364 days. I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt, your nurse thinks of Maddie, and of you, all the time and is thankful that she was able to be with you when you needed her so terribly.


just auto insurance quotes tip


Shop our selection of designer handbags for women, totes, crossbody bags & more at Neiman Marcus. Get free shipping on the latest trends & classic luxury handbags.


Amoxicillin Dosage 875 Cialis Online Buy Nexium Cheap Isotretinoin price Generic Cialis Pricing Cephalexin Warnings Free Generic Viagra Samples Cheap Cialis Online Propecia 2mg 5mg Amoxicillin 875 Dosage Ordering Cialis Online Cialis Acheter En Pharmacie Amoxicillin Vs Ciprofloxacin Cialis Pills Viagra 100 Mg Tablet Propecia Does It Work Men Implicane Online Amoxicillin Online No Prescription Amoxil Canada Online Viagra Online Fast Amoxil Medicament Que Es Cialis Generico Buying Kamagra Online Cialis Super Active 20mg A number of states including New York have tried to eliminate the practice by capping interest rates..APR minimum rate. payday advance billion up.No Precription Synthroid 125mcg Daily Cheap Zoloft Tablets Amoxicillin For Dental Abscess Want To Buy Isotretinoin Wigan Mail Order Levitra Difference Between Amoxixillin And Keflex Generic Priligy India Biuy Viagra Online Action Du Clomid Online Kamagra Jelly Generic Cialis 100mg On Line Bentyl Ibs Can I Purchase Photo Of Amoxicillin West Cheap Cialis Generic Viagra Generika Test Progesterone Price Kamagra Gel Online Viagra Frau Forum Kamagra Fast London Sertraline Cialis Brand Name Pills To Buy Amoxicillin Wat Is It Buy Sertraline Online Reputable Online Viagra Sales Lotrisone Otc Kamagra Chewable Purchase Free Shipping Elocon Price Free Doctor Consultation Mastercard Cialis 50 Tadalafil Online Levitra Pour Homme Rol De Propecia Cialis Price Amoxicillin Human Dosage Comprare Il Viagra Su Internet Cialis Free Offer Propecia Dependence Tadalafil Without Prescription Order Cialis Online Usa Zithromax Rapid Heart Rate Online Parmact No Prescription Buy Cialis Online Usa Vendita Cialis Originale On Line Buy Liquid Kamagra Cheap Clomiphene Usa Levitra Posologie Kamagra Cialis Kaufen Cialis 40mg Kamagra Oral Jelly Cost Compra Kamagra Generic Cialis 100mg Offres De Dapoxetine Levitra Orodispersibile Prezzo Order Viagra On Line Cialis Spanien Kaufen Mail Order Drugs From Canada Purchase Cialis Lasix Sales Isotretinoin With Next Day Delivery Online Cialis Compro Kamagra Cialis 20 Mg Interactions Viagra Pills Xenical Effets Secondaires 20 Mg Nolvadex Pct Generic Prozac Online Buy Propanolol Costo Levitra Generico Need To Order Cialis Metformin By Mail Amoxicillin And Lab Tests Buy Viagra Nexium Online Australia Acheter Cialis Danger Cialis 40mg Cheap Shipping Zithromax Lutein Cialis Online Prices Achat Kamagra Pharmacie Suisse Comment Prendre Clomid Purchase Cialis 24hr Candian Pharmacy Almond Cheap Generic Cialis Zithromax 400 Mg Cephalexin Uti Dogs Priligy Generic Vardenafil Without Prescription Cialis Kamagra Sildenafil Shop Cialis Online Wherecan I Get Dompetidone Without Rx Recommended Dosage Of Bactrim For Uti Order Kamagra Online Usa Rx 4 Amoxicillin Baclofene Et Alcool How To Get Viagra Keflex Out Of Date Cheap Cialis From Canada Generic Cialis Achat De Viagra Prix Comprare Levitra Cheap Cialis Online Oxitard Viagra 100 Mg Pulmonary Hypertension Generic Cialis Pricing Kamagra 100mg Besancon Ordering Plavix Canada Shop Cialis Online Levitra Generico On Line


Viagra Sin Receta Foro Propecia Dosage Levitra Langer Provera 5mg Perlutex Kamagra Soft Tablets Que Es La Kamagra Cialis Viagra Oder Levitra Antabuse Generic Cialis Generico Online Propecia Precio Buy Clomid Cialis Y Glaucoma Achat Cialis Original En France Cheap Strattera Tadalafil Canadian Pharmacy Can U Get Cialis On Line Zoloft Online Buy Clarithromycin Omeprazole Amoxil Amoxicillin 875 Mg Looks Like Buy Generic Lasix Comprare Viagra Originale Levitra Il Migliore Generic Prozac Online Priligy Ficha Tecnica


Cefa Tabs Without Prescription Buy Cheap Cialis On Line Diflucan Discount Card Mail Order Macrobid 100mg Mastercard Tadalafil Generic Viagra Acheter En Ligne Womenra Reviews Priligy Cheap Doxycycline Vs Amoxicillin Discount Accutane Generic Of Propecia Benadryl And Amoxicillin Same Time Kamagra Oral Jelly 100mg Sildenafil Citrato Vardenafil 20mg Dutasteride Need Chewable Amoxicillin viagra Extra Super Viagra Cialis Precio Farmacia Del Ahorro cheap cialis Do They Sell Trazadone Over The Counter Achat Alli buy cialis Real Legally Progesterone Visa Accepted Medicine Overseas Cheapeast Strattera Cost Of Propecia Propecia Depakote Uti Antibiotics For Sale Generic Of Propecia Cost Of Viagra At Cvs Where To Buy Methotrexate Cialis Free Trial Achat Cialis Non Generique Propecia Cheap levitra professional Cialis Tadalafil Dosage Cialis En Ligne Canada Viagra Cialis Viagra Pills Free Shipping Allergic Reaction To Amoxicillin Buy Kamagra Voveran Is It Available In The Us


Cephalexin History cialis price Viagra A Partir De Quel Age Zithromax 100mg Can I Buy Cialis Online Propecia Depression Acne Antibiotics Online Overnight Buy Levitra Forum Zithromax Antibiotic Over The Counter Discount Isotretinoin Acne For Sale Best Website Visa Accutane Online Kamagra 100mg Test Order Now On Line Finasteride Where To Order Viagra Does Amoxicillin Treat Stds Xenical Vrai Acheter Purchase Cheap Kamagra Propecia O Avidart Order Amoxil Online Accutane Price Cvs Cheap Valtrex Uk Cialis 5 Mg Generico Shop Cialis Online Generic Progesterone Menopause Mastercard Accepted Price Online buy accutane 20mg Cialis Cialis 5mg Price Free Shipping Isotretinoin For Sale Legally viagra Propecia Order Amoxicillin Gonorrhea Cheap Viagra Online Clomid Apres Avortement Fish Disease Amoxicillin Buy Vardenafil Generic Antabuse Disulfiram Amitriptyline Overnight No Rx Cialis Viagra Viagra Discount Como Cortar El Propecia Online Viagra Cialis Online Canada Reviews Comprar Viagra En Espana Contrareembolso Cialis Online Keflex Indications Sale Generic Pyridium Tab Free Shipping Dumfries levitra plus Online Doctor Prescription Adderall Natural Antibotic Amoxicillin Viagra Alternative Cephalexin Sids Affects 24 Hour Amoxicillin Buy Levitra Best Price Prix De Xenical Orlistat Cialis Quante Ore Prima buy cialis Need Dutasteride Tridesun Hydrochlorothiazide Kidney Disease Cialis Pills Amoxicillin Dosage For Sinus Viagra Professional 100 Mg Generic viagra online Viagra Versand Test


Viagra Cialis E Levitra Generic Viagra 100mg Zithromax Gynecology Comprar Alli Adelgazante Online Brand Cialis Cialis 2 5 Mg Effetti Collaterali Feldene Canadian Order Cialis Medicament Cialise Free Shipping Worldwide Amoxicilina Discount Purchase On Line Buy Online Usa Four Corners Pharmacy New Zealand Pillsforyou24 Viagra Price Was Kostet Cialis 20mg Effets Secondaire Viagra Cheap Cialis Online Propecia Aromatase Genericos Propecia Best Price On Levitra Se Il Viagra Non Funziona Cialis Wo Bestellen Erfahrungen Levitra No Rx Cialis 20 Mg Reviews Amoxicillin Prophylaxis Allergic To Penecillin Levitra Low Cost Cherche Viagra Strasbourg Get Macrobid Antibiotic Levitra Buy Generic Doxycycline Us Priligy Verschreiben Lassen Buy Vardenafil Cialis Quotidien Viagra Klappt Nicht Cheap Propecia Online Amoxicillin Fail The Drug Test Amoxicillin For Dogs Colds levitra withouth prescription Cialis Professional Belgique Libre Amoxicillin Cause Brown Teeth online pharmacy Nizagara Cialis Soft Review Tadalafil Online Cialis Madrid Viagra Generico Mexico Pharmacy Propecia Levitra Posologia Di Buy Miodar Tadalafil Online Stomoach Upset With Amoxicillin Levitra Zonder Recept Kamagra Tablet Buy Amoxicillin Elixer Propecia Naturale Kamagra Jelly Usa Comprar Cialis Generico Why Is Levitra So Expensive Buy Cheap Levitra Celebrex Online Pharmacy Amoxicillin Genital Herpes Buy Levitra Forum Buy Now Tab Isotretinoin Isotret Mastercard Cod 3 Prescriptions Levitra Pills Online Ship Free Viagra Sample Propecia Drug Interactions Buying Cialis Online Best Online Cialis Reviews Buy Tamoxifen Online No Prescription Vardenafil Levitra Acheter Dapoxetine Online No Prescription Will Cephalexin Heal Tooth Infection Order Viagra On Line Intternational Ph Priligy Dapoxetina 60 Mg Compra Viagra Online Acheter Du Cialis En France

Your Name:
A value is required.

Comment: A value is required.

Please Enter Security Code:
security code

Top Movies & Books
Local & State:

HIFF Celebrates Third and Possibly Final Year in Middletown

Boys and Girls Club of Wayne

New Scandals Show Obama’s Contempt for the Constitution

The Wayne Public Library

Vila Verde