The Matters w/ Matt: Sigfried and Roy-ally Gone

Every Wednesday: I never fail to be disgusted with advice columns. I am unsure why they still get paid to do what they do. As always, I am in awe when it comes to awful examples like Dear Annie and Dear Abby. The columnists seem to get rewarded for giving you bad advice. I think that people get terrible advice from them. I don’t blame anyone that calls advice column responses garbage. I use my postings to correct these responses and help society by being an utmost asshole, (as always, a hat tip to Aaron Clarey at Asshole Consulting).

I present a special case from the UK Daily Mail Online (Maria Chiorando) from February 19, 2022:

Dear (Matters):

My in-laws (in their late 50s) currently live a few miles up the road from us but will be relocating 3 hours away to a countryside location. 

‘They’ve bought this second property as a holiday home but have now decided to live and retire there and my MIL will be taking her 85 year old mum too. The reason they’re leaving is just because they like the area better, no other family live there.

‘My dh found out today and is feeling really upset. Also, because his sister, grandma and uncle knew before us, it just feels extra rubbish. 

We suspected something was going on as they’ve been spending more and more time at this holiday home. Plus, they’ve started getting the grandma’s flat redecorated for no reason – well we now know the reason.

‘We’re sad because we have a 3 year old and 7 month old and thought my dh’s parents enjoyed being grandparents and seeing us but that’s not even been factored in. 

They’ve been really unemotional about leaving. My ds especially is really going to miss them as they’ve had loads to do with him. I feel like they’re trying to get away from us maybe and they don’t want to help out as grandparents. But we haven’t asked that much of them over the years.

‘I understand that they have their own lives but AIBU to think that they should have more importance on family? It’s normally the younger generations who move away, not the older ones.

—– Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:

To understand another person is to look at what is going on with their lives. To ignore another person is to be ignorant. To accept ignorance is madness.

Everything you have typed is focusing on you. Your in laws have many things that might be bothering them. They might be searching for a simpler life and a change of environment as they have added a few years.

Families are not forced into being local as they were in the past. Transportation and communication tools have advanced beyond the horse drawn carriage. Although I believe that families are best together, the family has been made stronger through technological advancement. A three hour trip was at one time a journey of a lifetime on foot.

The grandparents, if they are happy being that, will continue to be grandparents. I think you are assuming things or putting words in their mouths when you speak about how they feel. You are purposely complicating things.

You did say one thing that I wanted to highlight: “…my MIL will be taking her 85 year old too”. Your location might be more of a challenge to a senior citizen. Their new location might be less “busy” than where you are now. (I do not know for sure but there might be something else behind it). Heck, your in-laws might want a new environment! Do yourself a favor and insert reason here!

I think that you need to re-examine what is going on in your life. Not everything is because of you or against you. There are other people out there and when you discover this, you will live a fuller life.


I don’t imagine that I will have a shortage of emails to answer. I would love to start doing this for anyone that sends me an email. If this is you; email us at

If you hate advice columns; I don’t blame you. If it isn’t soft people giving advice; it is someone trying to justify acting like an insensitive asshole. Till next week.


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5 Responses to The Matters w/ Matt: Sigfried and Roy-ally Gone

  1. audremyers says:

    How do you think the columnist did in the advice given?


  2. Somebody is angry about losing their free babysitting service.

    Liked by 1 person

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