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I read in USA Today this week that "studies show that lonely people tend to react more intensely to life’s problems."

So I guess that’s why I get my feelings hurt when I receive emails like the one I got yesterday from my niece:

Thanks for my booties!

Will you send me grandma's email address?

That's the entire email. No hello, good-bye or kiss my ass.

A picture of said booties was included, which was a nice touch. However, said booties also came with a large quantity of diapers, an outfit, swimsuit and hat, pack of cute t-shirts (western sheriff style with "I’m in charge around here" type sayings) and a music CD.

I had to call and ask mom about the booties because I didn’t recognize/remember them. That’s because she picked them out.

People have been telling me that I shouldn’t let her bother me.

Yes, I know I react more intensely to things than other people do.

I figured that one out a long time ago.

Yes, I know I need to let it go.

Trust me, if I could control what I feel — if I could "let it go" — I wouldn’t need to lose 40 lbs.

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