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It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing now. Today we hear from “Bittersweet” who wrote in a couple weeks ago about her disappointment in the failure of her Catholic friend, as well as of her brother’s family (who are also not Jewish), to acknowledge Jewish holidays to her. “Once in a blue moon I might receive a Chanukah card,” she wrote. “Holidays are bittersweet.” Her update below.
I’ve decided that I won’t be inviting my in-laws over for latkes during Hanukkah. L-o-n-g story! But, I may invite my Christian neighbors and friends.
I have a very dear friend who I will see on or about Christmas day. She lives in Nevada and we haven’t seen each other in years. We met in college, back in the 70s, and we have remained close and in touch all these years. Because I know that we’ll be together, I’m not dreading the holiday season this year. I have something to look forward to.
Good! It’s always helpful to have something to look forward to. And it’s great you’re cultivating a friendship with a woman from the synagogue. Maybe invite her over for Hanukkah latkes!
If you’re someone I’ve given advice to in the past, I’d love to hear from you, too. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the original post, and let me know whether you followed the advice and how you’re doing now.
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