All posts by Dear Aunt Lil

Here’s a plan to get through hair sytlist’s smokescreen

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

What a smoky quandary I’m in.

Recently, I had to find a new hair stylist; my previous favorite one here in town moved to Charlotte with her family. I heard tons of great recommendations on this new stylist and I have loved the styles/cuts that she has given to a number of my friends and now to me.

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Group friend hogs the conversation? Try these ideas

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

I am writing to you for a group of friends.

We usually don’t have a problem with letting people talk about themselves, to an extent, as many people often love to do this. What we are having trouble with is the one lady who seems to turn every single topic into something that pertains to her, her family, her health, her success, et al.

This is not new behavior, but it seems to have gained momentum. It is absolutely getting on our nerves.

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How to handle a customer who won’t go away

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

I don’t know how to handle this situation. I need your help.

I own my own small automotive repair shop in North Asheboro. For the past 6 months, a lady has started coming in the shop. She never buys anything and doesn’t need repairs on her car. She walks around and around my shop and tries to talk. I don’t think that she is trying to flirt with me, but my wife has told me before that I’m not just very clever at picking up on these sorts of things.

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When tongue-ing your food is just not acceptable

Dear Aunt Lil,

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Four of us have been going out to lunch since our small company of artistic designers rose out of the ashes like the Phoenix.

Recently, we hired a new artist I will call William Long Tongue and he joins us for lunch. He is witty and diverse in his conversation and we enjoy his company, except for one glaring, disgusting offense. While he is loading his fork, he sticks his tongue all the way out like a shovel. We can see his morning coffee stains and sometimes sprinkle patterns from his morning doughnut.

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Handling religious solicitors knocking on door

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

If I get one more solicitor at my door trying to share their religious beliefs with me, I think I will just snap.

I have tried explaining to people that they are not ingratiating themselves by interrupting my floor scrubbing, dinner preparing, laundry folding, online schooling and caring for a sick child. When they ring my bell uninvited, I have to go running to see who is at the door, and if it is them, I have assured all of them that I know where to find any church that I want when I want.

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How to fix three’s-a-crowd marriage

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

Little did I know when I married my husband that his brother would always feel that our home was his home. I tried to mention to my husband, to no avail a couple of years ago, that I didn’t want his brother hanging out of our house 7 days a week.

Now it seems by brother-in-law has even been given a key to our house. Sometimes he is inside our house when we get home from an outing.

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Cell phones at the tables? Just give them a sign

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Help! How in the world can I get my friends to put down their cell phones when we go out to dinner? We can be sitting at a restaurant and every single person at the table has their phone out and in front of their faces except me. I keep trying to set a “good example” of how to visit with the people you have come with, but it seems no one takes notice.

Signed,
Ignored

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Sometimes, you don’t need to just suck it up

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

My mother-in-law Vivian is at least 50 pounds overweight and so vain. When we go out to eat lunch at fancy restaurants, she insists on wearing dresses that are two sizes too small. She has her husband lace her into a corset from her behind to her bosom. At lunch, she nibbles at her food and takes tiny sips of wine. Continue reading Sometimes, you don’t need to just suck it up

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Teacher of the Year needs to handle her own students

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

I am an elementary school teacher. The teacher of the year, who the principal is enamored with, teaches the same grade level that I do. Whenever that teacher finds a less than desirable rowdy student, she finds a reason to transfer that student to another classroom within the same grade level; reasons could be “male versus female teacher, smaller classroom, larger classroom, instructional support, and gifted.” Continue reading Teacher of the Year needs to handle her own students

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