THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
I just found out that my sister has not told her kids that she was married before. They know her husband was married before because he has a daughter from that marriage. My sister was married for a few years, but she did not have kids with her first husband. I mentioned her first husband by name and she gave me a weird glare. When the kids left the room, she told me the don't know anything about that. She doesn't think they need to know. I said it seems like a weird thing to keep from them. She's mad at me because I said it felt like she was lying to her kids. She disagrees, but I feel like it's a lie by omission. Not sure what advice I need, but I wonder if this seems odd to you two as well. Am I the weirdo on this?
Signed – ConfusedSister
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• “Dogs who eat grass are sick.” Dogs are descended from wild wolves and foxes, which means grass was once part of the normal canine diet. So if they eat small amounts of grass and barf it up, don’t worry — totally normal.
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