Dear Abby: Grandmother is still waiting for thank-yous from teens

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DEAR ABBY: Most of my friends are guys, and people tend to assume that I have slept with them or that we have dated, but it's not true. How do I answer when someone asks, "Is this your boyfriend?" or, "Have you guys dated?" without coming off as offended when I answer? - NOT THE CASE

DEAR NOT THE CASE: All you have to do is smile and say, "We're not involved romantically. We're friends."

DEAR ABBY: It seems the children I raised and taught to write thank-you notes somehow failed to teach their children the importance of being grateful receivers. My two teenage grandchildren have never thanked me for a birthday or Christmas gift.