DEAR ABBY: Hi, I have a friend that likes me like a lot and I really don’t like him that way. I want us to be friends because we get along really well together and I fell like if we dated it would ruin our friendship. Abby please help me! I don’t want to hurt his feelings. -HELPLESS GIRL
DEAR HELPLESS GIRL: Sometimes real friendships require difficult conversations. Difficult conversations require the truth spoken in love. You need to be honest with your friend. Let him know all the things that you admire and like about him. But also let him know that you don’t have feelings for him in that way. Let him know why you want to just stay friends. And you’re going to have to accept that it might be hard for him to hang out with you for a while. He may need some time to get over his feelings for you. But if there is real friendship, eventually you will find a way to stay friends.