Severn, that is very good advice. Julie is a lot younger than I am and I still have trouble standing up to my Dad. I love him very much, but he has always been very domineering to my Mother, my brother and me. If it was left up to him I would not be having a relationship with Gary. I have tried many, many times these last five years to talk to my Dad about mine and Gary's relationship, but he will not listen. All he wants to do is to argue with me.
The difference between me and Julie is that I don't live in the same house with my parents.
I am very, very thankful that my Gary has so much patience with me. The only reason that he and I are not married is because of my Dad. Because he had open heart surgery, I'm afraid he's going to have more trouble with his heart.
I didn't mean to get so long-winded, but I do understand where you are coming from, Julie. My Dad has always said that no matter how old I am, if I live in his house I will do what he says. Julie, I don't know if your Dad is this way or not, but if he is I can understand how you feel.
[This message has been edited by garysgirl (10-25-2003 10:23 PM).]