Don't Take Aunt's Suggestion

By Dr. Robert Wallace

May 25, 2017 4 min read

DR. WALLACE: I've decided to live with my aunt and uncle in Omaha to get away from my rough life in Lincoln. I was involved in alcohol, drugs and gang life in Lincoln. It was my idea to move in with my aunt and uncle so I could get a fresh start in life. I hated my life in Lincoln; I was miserable all the time.

About two weeks ago I met a guy I like. We've gone out a couple of times and I know he likes me. My aunt told me I should "come clean" and tell this guy about my past so I won't have to worry about my reputation finding me in Omaha. Lincoln and Omaha are not too far apart.

I don't feel like I want to review my sordid past with a guy I'm dating and don't know too well. I'd like your opinion. — Nameless, Omaha, Nebr.

NAMELESS: I see no logical reason for discussing your life in Lincoln with the guy you are now dating. You would be very unwise if you did.


DR. WALLACE: My husband and I are expecting our first baby and we already know it's going to be a healthy boy. I'd like to name him Morton after my grandfather. My husband hates the name Morton. He said kids make fun of guys named Morton. He wants to name our son Michael after his father. He loves that name. I don't mind the name Michael, but I like Morton more.

How can we break this deadlock? — Nameless, Rock Island, Ill.

NAMELESS: Name your son Michael. You don't mind the name and your husband loves the name. You like the name Morton, but your husband hates it.

Naming your son Michael with a middle name of Morton would be ideal. That way your family and your husband's family would both be represented.


DR. WALLACE: I really need your input. My parents are divorced and I live with my mother. My father has remarried and is living in Florida. My parents were divorced four years ago and I still keep in touch with my father. I love him very much and he will be attending my high school graduation this spring.

My mom has been dating a coworker for about six months and he has recently moved into our house. Mom's boyfriend is nice, but I'm unhappy with mom's living arrangement.

I told my mom that I was unhappy that she is living with a guy and that if she cared enough about him that they should get married. She said that they might get married "in the future," but that she was happy the way things are for the time being.

Your comments, please. — Nameless, Lake Charles, La.

NAMELESS: Your mother is making a big mistake bringing her boyfriend into your home. I'm sure she would be upset if you decided to have your boyfriend live with you.

Much too often, the moral issue of marriage is overlooked in favor of the easy way of just living together. Parents must be role models. Your mother seems to have failed in this respect.

Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at [email protected] To find out more about Dr. Robert Wallace and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at

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