DEAR ABBY: Many years ago, shortly after our mother’s death, my sister and I impulsively gave our friend my mother’s pearl necklace. We have regretted it ever since.

We wish we hadn’t acted so quickly, because the pearls were a gift from our dad to our mom.

Is it too late to ask her to return it? I’d like to pass it on to my granddaughter but don’t want to offend my long-lost friend.

At any rate, I have learned — and hope others will heed this advice — do not act impulsively when giving away precious mementos of your loved ones. You may regret it.

Thank you, Abby, for considering this sensitive issue. God bless.


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DEAR REGRET: It may not be too late to ask for the necklace, provided you can locate your “long-lost” friend.

It’s worth a try, but keep in mind that once the gift was given, it belonged to the recipient.

I am printing your letter because I am sure you and your sister are not the only folks who have done this, which is why grieving family members are advised to postpone making serious decisions for one year after the demise of a loved one.

DEAR ABBY: I have been friends with a woman for 40 years. We used to work together, and we supported each other during our divorces and other life problems.

We lost touch for a time, then reconnected. I kept in touch with her for years through email at her work. We both are on Facebook, and she knows how to …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


Dear Abby: I regret giving this gift. After all these years, can I ask for it back?

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