DEAR ABBY: I recently visited my "Aunt Selma" in North Carolina. I used to consider her a wonderful person until I found out what she has been up to.
One of Aunt Selma's neighbors pays her to follow her husband and a neighbor lady. (I'll call her Nona.) The wife thinks that Nona and her husband are having an affair. My aunt follows them occasionally, and afterward she calls the man's wife and lies to her. She makes up things she thinks the wife wants to hear.
When I asked Aunt Selma why she does this, she said she isn't going to give up good money to tell this woman the truth -- that there's nothing between the husband and the neighbor!
I used to think Aunt Selma was a respectable person. Now I see her as a money-grubber. She constantly lies to this woman about things her husband and Nona are doing, when in fact Nona is in the house alone watching television.
I have a feeling Aunt Selma is going to get hurt one day for making up all those stories about the husband and her neighbor.
I know the people involved. Should I tell them what's going on? -- STEAMED NIECE IN THE SOUTH
DEAR STEAMED: I think you should. It could go a long way toward healing a troubled marriage.
When Aunt Selma's vicious money-making scheme comes to an end, suggest that she devote her spare time to taking a creative writing class. With her imagination, she could earn a legitimate living writing romance novels. (Shame on her!)