Dear Abby: Military mom needs to rally son for move

Posted: February 04, 2013

DEAR ABBY: We're a military family and have moved often since my husband and I married. In the past, relocating was always easy because our two sons were younger, but we have lived in the same community for more than five years now. Our older son is a freshman in high school.

My husband has reached a point in his career where he can either retire from the military or re-enlist to finish out his 30 years. Either way, it will probably require another move. Our teenager is begging us not to move because of the friends he has in school.

My husband is willing to leave without us, get settled and let our son finish high school here. I don't want to separate the family. Can you help us?

- Not "At Ease" in Georgia

DEAR NOT AT EASE: Do not separate your family. If this were your son's last year of high school, I might feel differently. However, there is still plenty of time for him to make new friends at a new high school. Because he doesn't want to lose his old ones, he can stay in touch with them electronically.

DEAR ABBY: I have a pet peeve, and it's an aggravation I encounter frequently. For some reason, people do not understand hours of business. Our hours are always clearly posted, so please don't knock on the door before the business is open.

My personal irritant has to do with closing time. When the sign says we close at 9 p.m., it means the doors lock at that time. It does not mean that if you can slide in the door 30 seconds before closing that we must stay and serve your needs for however long you are present.

- Had a Long Day, Richland, Wash.

DEAR HAD A LONG DAY: You can always refuse to open your door early and "remind" anyone who enters just before closing that you lock your door promptly at the posted hour. Individuals who want more personalized service are free to shop at stores with more flexible hours. (And they will.)

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