May 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Carolyn Hax: Daughter, well aware of family’s troubled past, looks ahead and wonders

Many years ago, my father began sending me letters filled with news articles that he thought I’d like. I do like them. And he’s funny and sweet in his notes on the articles. Often the envelopes have funny sayings, too. How do I balance all of the past pain with present-day love and appreciation, and also future cleanliness? This could take over a lot of room in my small apartment, and I don’t want to give the space over to it, symbolically or physically.

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