DEAR ABBY: I am a 30-year-old professional woman dating a 22-year-old police officer. In recent weeks, our level of communication has dropped. He tells me his schedule has been hectic and he has not been able to return my calls. Sometimes I don't hear from him for days.
When we began dating, we spent a lot more time together, but lately our togetherness has dwindled to almost nothing. He blames his work schedule. I want to believe him, but my friends say he's not being truthful with me and I should dump him. They say if he really wanted to call me, he would find a way.
Abby, I think his profession makes their conclusion invalid, but I'm not sure. What do you think? -- UNSURE IN UPLAND
DEAR UNSURE: I suspect your friends are correct. While your boyfriend may not be able to return your calls during duty hours, even police officers have some time off.
Ask him to be honest with you about his feelings so you'll know where you stand. Once you know, you can decide how to proceed.