Ask Amy: I said I wouldn’t tell on her, but now her father is blaming me

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

DEAR AMY: I have two granddaughters, 11 and 14. We have a vacation home, and they come to stay for a week or two every summer.

While they were visiting this year, I noticed both girls trying on old clothes and jewelry from a closet. One granddaughter asked me if she could keep a gemstone pendant that she had found.

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It had belonged to my mother, and I was not ready to part with it. My granddaughter seemed disappointed, but said she would put it back.

I didn’t think anything of it until after they left. When I went to go look for the pendant, I was unable to find it.

I emailed my son and asked if he knew if the girls had taken it. He said he didn’t think they would do something like that, and that I had probably just misplaced it.

A few weeks later, I received an envelope in the mail with the pendant inside. Inside was a note from my daughter-in-law, saying she had found it in the girls’ room and was very sorry for what they had done. She asked that I not say anything to my son about it, for fear he would overreact, and that she would handle it.

My son has asked me several more times about the pendant, and keeps saying that it’s my fault for losing it, that I’m forgetful and absent-minded, and that I shouldn’t have accused his daughters. I have not said anything, and just keep saying that I hope it will turn up.

I do not like lying like this, and I also don’t like being accused of being absent-minded when I am not. What do you

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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