Abby, is my friend's new young boy a gold-digger?

Abby, is my friend's new young boy a gold-digger? ...

DEAR ABBY: A friend of mine lost her husband a couple of years ago. I didn't believe she was looking for love or companionship, but all of a sudden she has met a young man, and I'm concerned. I have seen several red flags, but I'm not sure if I should say anything.

She owns a house in a small town and a very nice one with a view of the lake three hours away. This guy has posted a picture of "his" new cabin on his main Facebook page. (I don't know what information anyone else has found.) I saw one of his daughters, who is 13 years old, along with several photos of a stranger posing with him and his daughter.

On my friend's birthday, he presented with a large bouquet, balloons, and all. She called a mutual friend about the flowers and was all giddy. This scenario makes me suspect he is a predator who might start asking her for money. SIGNS OF FRIENDS

DEAR FRIEND: If it were me, Id ask my friend how SHE enjoyed the family dinner at her lake house, and if she has seen what this new man in her life has posted on his Facebook. Then, I would tell her how seeing his claim that the place is "his" made you do a double-take. After that, I would just respond.

DEAR ABBY: As her two children were growing up, my mother-in-law, "Gladys," wasn't a particularly gifted mother. Especially when a situation arises, she interjects herself into every aspect of my family's life. Most recently, it concerned the death of my wife's father, who was actually driving her car in front of us to stop him from going there for emotional help.

My wife refuses to stand up to her when she acts like this. This lady has more than once come between me and my wife. When should I confront her and her, she says, then I must express her gratitude. Please tell me if I am being unreasonable. HUSBAND AND DAD IN GEORGIA

DEAR HUSBAND: I'm not concerned about your position. I do think you should have a quiet conversation with your wife. It's important for you to both learn how to define firm boundaries for her mother. If you need help, consult with a marriage counselor. A marriage in which one spouse is hurt is headed for a conflict.

DEAR READERS: At sundown, the first night of Passover kicks off. This significant Jewish holiday commemorates the most significant event in Jewish history -- the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Happy Passover to my readers who watch this important holiday. -- ABBY, LOVE

Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, wrote Dear Abby, and she was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Call Dear Abby at (866) 944-4700 or email us on 029 890 998.

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