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by Abigail Van Buren

Mom Is not Invited on Couple's European Vacation

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I want to go to Europe this summer, but we don't want to take his mother along. We have taken her on two holidays over the last two years and didn't enjoy either one for various reasons. She now expects to go with us on our international vacations, and we don't know how to tell her we prefer to go alone. Please help. -- HOLIDAY FOR TWO

DEAR HOLIDAY: What your husband should say to his mother is, "Mom, my wife and I will be going to __________ for a few weeks in early August. We need an 'adventure' alone together, so we will not be asking you to join us." Period!

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