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They’re snarky about this painful thing

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m single, educated, retired, own a beautiful home in a unique location, am involved in creative pursuits, and travel quite a lot. What I don’t have is a spouse or children. I am estranged from my siblings because they are mentally ill — the mean variety who purposely inflict damage to property. I am alone.

I’ve just experienced another friend expressing their jealousy in critical ways — sucking in their breath, mean laughing — over my ability to travel. I don’t brag, or go on and on about experiences. These friends are surrounded by family and love. I’m sure none of them would trade places with me. What can I say to defend/protect myself?

Alone

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