DEAR CAROLYN: When my son’s eldest started to talk, I encouraged her to call me “G-ma” because I didn’t care for “Grandma.” She never could learn G-ma, but instead called me Mamaji. I thought this was adorable and very special since it was her own idea. I became Mamaji. It is my email, user ID, I even had a T-shirt made! Not a word was said against it.
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My sister has a darling golden retriever and we share a house with a large yard. I mostly work from home, and I like to decompress by going for fast-paced walks. Sis often asks if I’ll take him along. I love the dog, but he’s a sniffer, doesn’t like a fast-paced walk, and frankly, the walk is for me, not him.
DEAR CAROLYN: My husband’s family likes to play games, like table tennis, bean-bag toss or cards. I am not a real fan of games, and I am not very good at most of them. Several of his family members are very competitive and the pressure to play well doesn’t help.
DEAR CAROLYN: I have two grown sons, 34 and 31, both responsible, hardworking guys. The older is married with a 31/2-year-old. The younger has never married but has a 2-year-old and a 6 month-old. They all live nearby and I have a good relationship with both sons, and I adore all of my grandkids. I host most of the family functions and have a pool they all like to use.