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My elderly parents are always fighting!

Byline: Linda Brice

My elderly parents have always rowed, argued, bickered and generally got along as if they hate one another. But, even after 55 years of marriage, they're still together. I've never understood why. I can't say one has been worse than the other, either. They're both strong characters and nobody would be able to guess who was the dominant one. My husband and my three younger brothers' wives can't bear being there. My worry is that my parents now threaten to hit each other. Nobody's been hit yet, but do you think it's likely?

NB, Vale of Glamorgan

LINDA SAYS

If you or your siblings hear any threats of violence, then it will probably be as good a time as any to jump in and say your bit. It's one thing to keep your nose out of another couple's business, but domestic violence between people you love is something one has a right to try to stop. Apart from the threats (which could be just tough talk) those two probably do hate one another - and love one another in equal measure. Two sides of one tumultuous coin! You can love someone passionately and not like them one bit. Keep an eye on the tough talk, but otherwise let them get one with it.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 22, 2008
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