I am 15.
Recently my best friend turned 15. Her family is from Spain, so they held a quinceanera party for her.
I was invited to be in her "court," a very important part of the ceremony.
Just before the quinceanera, after we had picked out gowns together (which cost more than $200), taken dance lessons, and found escorts, she told me I could no longer attend because the quinceanera was just for family members.
I was upset about this, but kept my feelings to myself. I didn't want to upset her.
Later, after the celebration, I was on a social networking site when I saw that many of our classmates had gone to the ceremony. A girl she barely knew had taken my place in the court.
I am deeply hurt. I thought she was my best friend.
I don't know if I can ever forgive her for lying to me. I've lost sleep over this and my grades have slipped. I'm trying to figure out what I've done that was so rotten that she doesn't want to be friends with me anymore.
Should I confront her about this situation?
You will feel better if you speak to her, in person, about how her actions affected you.
Wait for a time when you are calm (it will help to practice what you are going to say). You could start with, "Wow - I can't believe how you treated me. It has really hurt my feelings and I think you owe me an apology."
You should prepare yourself for the probability that the girl will not apologize or do anything to make things right with you - but you will have done the right thing by being honest. Consider her a former friend and do your best to develop new friendships with people who will treat you as you deserve to be treated.
Dear Amy: There is tension between my sister and me over our college debt.
We were told we would be responsible for any college costs that exceeded the amount in our college fund. Our parents saved a modest amount for both of us, which allowed me to graduate owing only a few thousand dollars.
Our parents got divorced shortly after I graduated, and my loans were considered part of the family debt and paid for outright.
My sister, who is five years younger, did not get her college loans forgiven.
Our parents contributed the same in the college fund, but her bill after graduation is nearly $30,000 because she went to a private school (I went to a state school).
Now the payments have started, and she has begun dropping comments about how unfair it is. She recently mentioned that I should feel some responsibility and help her pay down the debt because I didn't have to pay for mine.
Amy, I'm in graduate school and have no extra money to even pay for a pizza. With the holidays coming, I know she'll mention it again, so what's the best way to handle this without having a family blowout?