Keeping a friendship strictly that

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Amy Dickinson, Special to QMI Agency

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DEAR AMY: I wonder if I'm a bad person, or if a certain friendship has run its course.

I have a friend I meet for dinner once a week after a meeting I attend. He moved to this rural area after a work accident, and I'm one of his few friends here.

We share an interest, but for me it's a hobby -- for him it's a passion. Our dinner conversations revolve around this hobby, and I'm getting bored. I feel there's nothing else to talk about.

If things get personal, I fear I'm being untrue to my husband, so I'm careful not to go "there."

I've read about emotional affairs in your column, and this certainly isn't one of them. If anything, I keep such a strict leash on our friendship that it isn't growing.


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