Category: Elderly Aunt advice

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how can we safely celebrate our co-worker before she leaves for a new job?

A friend and coworker accepted a new job in a different city and will be leaving Harrisonburg soon. In the time of social distancing, what’s the best way for us to honor her before she leaves? There are more than 10 of us in this department, so the usual party isn’t feasible and simply doing a virtual card seems inadequate. Any ideas would be wonderful.

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how do we break it to our families that we’re goin’ to the courthouse — not the chapel?

Dear Elderly Aunt, My long-time boyfriend and I have decided to get married! We had planned to do it eventually, but with the coronavirus and all, we decided there was no reason to delay. Especially since we didn’t care about having a big fancy wedding. Our only concern is about how to break the news to our families. While we would have wanted a city hall ceremony even in a non-crisis, how do we reassure them that this is the right decision for us?

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I respond when people tell me to pick up after my dog when there’s nothing to pick up

Dear Elderly Aunt — What is it with people in this town yelling at me about cleaning up after my dog? Three times in the last week, someone has opened their front door and demanded that I pick up non-existent poop! I have a female dog, so she squats to do No. 1. and No. 2. But I know the difference between her postures and can’t clean up what isn’t there! Do I pretend to do it regardless? Do I yell back? I am starting to lose patience with my so-called “neighbors.” What happened to giving people the benefit of the doubt?

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I help my sister who might be quarantining with a verbally abusive girlfriend?

Dear Elderly Aunt, My sister has been living with her girlfriend for nearly a year. I went out with them in public a few times. That was back when we could all go out. They seemed to get along fine. But my sister, let’s call her “Jane,” has been making comments to me since the quarantine began that suggest her girlfriend can be verbally abusive. Maybe it’s just stress of being around each other 24-7. I’ve asked her point blank if she feels threatened and she emphatically said no. But I worry that Jane is in a damaging relationship and might not realize it. What should I do or can I do?

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how we will we emerge changed by the COVID-19 era?

Hey, Elderly Aunt, how do you think this pandemic will change us as a community and as a society?

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Hey Elderly Aunt, what should a rookie gardener grow and cook with the fruits (and veggies) of that labor?

Hi Elderly Aunt: Thanks for the biscuit recipe. You’ve inspired me to try to do more in the kitchen with my new-found free time. I’m also one of many people it seems who plans to use this time as a chance to plant my first garden. What would you recommend a newbie like me plant? (And any suggested recipes for what comes out of the garden?)

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Hey Elderly Aunt, what should I do with all this stay-at-home time?

Elderly Aunt — any tips on what to do with my time on my own now that everything seems to be shut down? I’m already tired of Netflix. Thanks!

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Hey Elderly Aunt, is my adult daughter pushing me away?

Hi Elderly Aunt, I’ve really enjoyed reading your responses to so many varied questions. And while I didn’t think I’d ever be writing one myself, here I am in a bit of a quandary. I am a single lady of a certain age, long divorced with one adult daughter. She and I have enjoyed a close relationship since she moved back to the Valley after college several years ago. We would meet up for lunch or coffee almost every week and text frequently in between visits. But in recent weeks, she’s either been unable to meet up or had to cancel our lunches and has been slow to text in response. I have asked if everything’s okay. She says she’s just been busy. But I can’t help but notice a chill in her voice. She seems reluctant to tell me many details of what’s happening in her life, and I’m trying not to sound like I’m prying. I remember reading in one of your past responses that you’re a mother of an adult daughter. Any advice for a fellow mom who just wants to restore and maintain a healthy relationship with her daughter?

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