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November 20, 2009


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What to do with them depends on how fondly you recall the boyfriend. Did you and he part with rueful affection and sadness for might-have-been? Or was he a great big jerk who screwed around with your best friend and never picked up a check or his dirty socks? If the former, sensitivity and discretion is in order. If the latter, all bets are off.

I'd say send them, names intact, to the old boyfriends, and let them hold the moment like a delicate small bird.

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