April 17, 2024

Departing Dearly

Dear Frankly,

I’m a widower with two grown children and am approaching my final days. After my death I would like a former high school girlfriend notified, and I have written a letter to be given to her. She has been married to the same man for 40 years, and we have not been in contact. I always had special feelings for her and would like to her to know and thank her for the great times we had together. Am I doing the right thing?

Departing Dad

Dear Departing,

Well, as far as I can tell, you’ll be gone and will never know how the old flame, her family or your children will be affected. But, you’ll be gone, so what do you care? My guess is she broke your heart and now your letter is a final revenge. That’s diabolical! No wonder she left you.

Dear Frankly,

My husband and I recently stopped at the market before going home. A man approached us and asked if we had any spare change because his kids were hungry and payday was a few days off. Because someone had done something nice for us the night before, I decided to pay it forward and help him out — so I gave him all the money I had in my purse. I hope he was on the up and up. How will I ever know?

Giving Glenda

Dear Giving,

You may never know. Does it matter? I noticed you gave him all the money in your purse. In my case, that would be about $3.50. I’ve lost more than that in the pockets of washed trousers. A friend of mine felt she was helping homeless people out by writing them a personal check.

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