Happy October! My favorite month. And how nice to have the sun again after a dreary weekend.
Here's an unusual query:
I have a dear friend I have known for over 35 years. We went through college together, lived in the same town. I got married; she is single. Perhaps it's just because I'm getting older, or maybe it's because she's single, but I'm finding more and more that I'm getting annoyed at her manners. Things that were funny and irreverent 20 years ago are apalling at the dinner table. She belches loudly, passes gas indiscriminately, and forages for food and beer in my fridge whenever she comes over. Whenever I've brought it up ever so gently that I'm finding it not so funny, she looks at me with a mixture of hurt and puzzlement. She can't understand why I wouldn't just let her be herself around her best friend! I'm at a loss at this point.
What do you think, readers? You may notice the absence of an actual question here, so feel free to address the LW's concerns however you think fit.
I'll post my thoughts on Friday -- and join me back here on Wednesday for a live chat!
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