Show Notes for Thursday, April 04, 2024


Dear John,

My husband and I were high school sweethearts. Our class reunion is this summer. Apparently our class is dead broke. 10 years ago my husband and I went to the reunion. At the time, we were doing really well, so we ended up paying for some things that the class could not afford. I've been asked to do that again, but our situation has changed. My husband is a little too proud to admit that, so he thinks we should find a way to help again. I think we need to just let them know that we're not planning to even attend this one and we'd like to pass on this “opportunity” to give them a few thousand dollars. The lady in charge of the reunion is a bit of a gossip, so I'm sure the word will spread, but this is not our obligation. I have no fear of saying no. but I don't want to emasculate my husband. He thinks we need to “step up” and help the class. What do you think? Is there a way to do this without anyone feeling bad? Should we just pay the money and save face?


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