Life advice, via Are You Afraid of the Dark (index) (random)

Dear Tucker,

My brother and I accidentally brought an ancient mummy to life, and now she’s dating our dad.  She is beautiful and immortal and could get any man she wants.  I think she likes my dad, though, because he’s an Egyptologist and understands her culture better than most.

Unfortunately, in addition to being an Egyptologist, he’s also a workaholic, and I can tell it’s putting a strain on their relationship.  I don’t think my dad notices, but I spend a lot of time with the mummy, and I can tell she’s getting frustrated.  I’ve already lost one mom; I don’t think I could stand to lose another.  What can I do to help?


Little Schemer

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Dear Schemer,

You sound very mature, but the fact of the matter is, there isn’t a lot you can do.  Adult relationships are complex and strange, and there’s always emotional stuff that can go unnoticed or unfulfilled.  I know you’ve attached to the old mummy as a kind of new mommy, but this may be unfair to her.  She just awoke from a sleep that lasted thousands of years, and she may want to play the field a little—see what’s out there—before she commits to raising two children that aren’t hers.  You can talk to your dad about what you think is going on, but his behavior may not be as innocuous as you think.  It’s very possible that the mummy thing began as a fling but that she quickly became codependent—it doesn’t sound like she’s made much of an effort to make other friends.  Your father may be throwing himself into his work to avoid her: her smothering, her naggging, and her ancient curses.  I know you’re invested in making this relationship work, but it’s not up to you.  The best thing you can do for them both is to simply go about your own life and pursue your own interests.  The rest will fall into place when the right time comes—without your interference.

Hope this helps,


  • 9 October 2012