DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: At first I thought it was my imagination, but now I know it isn’t me. A few times after I got together with my former co-worker and friend, I noticed something went missing from my bag.
We’ve been having lunch together every two or three months, lately just at a local place with a lot of outdoor seating. I used to ask her to watch my bag when I ran inside to use the restroom, and later, when I looked for my lipstick or mascara, and one time my tampons, they weren’t there.
I don’t get it, personally. But, I also don’t want to lose a friendship over some small items disappearing, but I also worry next time it’ll be something more valuable. I’ve started keeping my handbag with me at all times when we’re together, but thinking about what I know she’s done in the past makes me wonder if I want to continue seeing her in the future.
Do I confront her, or just let it go and keep taking precautions? --- MY FRIEND HAS STICKY FINGERS
DEAR MY FRIEND HAS STICKY FINGERS: Since you have no way of proving that your friend snagged the items from your bag, there’s little point in accusing her of having taken them now, well after the fact. The only reason to do so would be if you’re planning to attempt a sort of one-person intervention, which may or may not be a good idea.
You already seem to have a handle on your two most practical main options — back off from the relationship, or continue to guard your belongings.
As I see it, it comes down to your level of comfort with someone you feel you can’t trust. Suspicion and mistrust, even if they’re in the background, aren’t the best foundations for a healthy friendship.