"Dear Carol, I'm caught in a love triangle"
I went to Greece last summer and met my mom's best friend's son. We hit it off and even admitted that we love each other, but he has never actually called me his girlfriend, and I haven't seen him in four months. In fact, we've hardly been in contact at all now. Now, I like my sister's friend's brother. I feel kind of guilty about it. How could I explain to the guy in Greece that I suddenly have a boyfriend? My new crush is closer to home—and closer to my age. Don't I have a right to date who I want?
–In a Triangle
Dear In a Triangle,
Since the guy in Greece hasn't inundated you with texts, calls or letters, you are certainly free to date others, just as he is. You might never forget him, but that doesn't mean you have to be stuck in the past. Next time, don't be in such a hurry to say, "I love you." It's better to say, "I love being with you." Should you inform your faraway friend of your new status? Not necessarily. Your mom can probably offer some good advice since it's her friend's son. Or send a letter signed in a friendly non-romantic way. Chances are good that he too is noticing other girls—and that is perfectly fine.
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