Help! How Long Can This Guy's "Family Emergency" Really Last?

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Help! How Long Can This Guy's "Family Emergency" Really Last?

Kelly Conaboy is writing an advice column for Dipp readers. It's going to be very serious. So serious, in fact, we named it Very Serious: An Advice Column by Kelly Conaboy. Just email her at with whatever's bothering you and each week, Kelly will solve one lucky reader's biggest problem. You can read all of Kelly's excellent advice here.

Dear Kelly,

The other week I went on a REALLY great date. Afterwards we were flirty texting and we had plans to go out again. But then he texted me saying he had a family emergency that was going to take up a week of his time and that he would let me know when to reschedule our date. It's been a week now and I haven't heard from him. Can I ask what the family emergency is? What kind of “family emergency” takes a week?? What should I do????



Dear Julia,

Oh god. I’m trying to think about what family emergency would take exactly one week to deal with. You know, there are lists online of typical family emergencies if you search “family emergency excuse for work,” and they include such things as: welcoming a child, dealing with a sick kid, a car accident, serious illness, death, and natural disaster. The lists are there so you can have a more specific excuse to give your boss (“I’m sorry Ms. Boss, I’m experiencing a natural disaster today and have to stay home”), but, as we know, your date did not wish to go that far, using only the umbrella term of “family emergency.” So we can only wonder.

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