Author: The Elderly Aunt

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Elderly Aunt: How to solve a problem with neighbors? Peanuts.

We’ve lived in our house for about two years, but we only know our neighbors who live next to us on the right. We don’t even know the names of our neighbors on the other side of us, although we wave to each other. It’s friendly but awkward. It seems that it’s long past the time when we should have introduced ourselves. What advice do you have for ways we can break the ice with our nearby neighbors even though we let that ice thicken over the last two years?

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Hey Elderly Aunt, I’m tired of politics, so should I send a message by not voting?

Hey Elderly Aunt, I’m so tired of politics on all levels. I read your response to a reader about how to find news we can trust. It was fine advice, but I’m not sure why it matters anymore. Politicians are going to lie, so what’s the point of spending so much energy on them? And I know I’m not alone, based on conversations with my friends. Wouldn’t it send a clearer message about our collective frustration if we all chose not to vote?

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Hey Elderly Aunt — if I want to weigh in on politics, how do I find information I can trust?

Hi Elderly Aunt, I hate talking with my friends about politics because they don’t all agree, and it ends up turning into a stressful shouting match. So my approach has been to avoid political news so I can plead ignorance. But now that this impeachment stuff has begun, and I feel like I should know what’s going on. But where do I start? How do I find information I can trust about it so I can make an informed decision and coherent statements about it? Help, please.

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I turn my frown upside down?

Hey Elderly Aunt, I’m trying to do a better job of managing my sad emotions and engaging in “positive thinking.” Any suggestions?

Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I escape a job I don’t like working for my dad’s best friend?

Dear Elderly Aunt: I’ve been working for a small firm owned by my father’s best friend. But it’s making me miserable. The people there are fine, but the work isn’t what I want to do, and I’ve started dreading going to work. I’m in the process of looking for another job, but I’ve made the decision that I need to quit soon no matter what. How do I break the news to both my dad and his best friend (my boss)? I mean, it’s not like I can tell them that I hate my job and the work the firm does, right?

I’ve got young houseguests who are starting to annoy me. What do I do, Elderly Aunt?

For the next three months, I am sharing my house with two younger generations. I think that I am dealing well with the changes to my life and habits and home. However, today I arrived home to find the mother watching TV, while the baby ran around the house, leaving a trail of toys and my things behind her all over the house. And the high chair and other toys were outside in the pouring rain. I asked the mother to bring in the high chair and to clean up the toys. But I am finding myself quite annoyed…Elderly Aunt, what to do????

I met someone online, and we connected. Now she’s ghosting me. Hey Elderly Aunt, what should I do?

Dear Elderly Aunt: A few weeks ago I met someone online, and we immediately hit it off. We texted with each other regularly and had a fun banter going back and forth. Just when I thought this weekend might be the weekend for us to meet up, she disappeared! I haven’t heard from her in days, despite reaching out to her several times. Everything was going so well until then! How do I know whether to keep making contact or to call it quits? What if we might have lived happily ever after? What if we were exactly who we needed?! What if I never get the RBG cross-stitch that she promised to make me?!! Help!!

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