Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: Father vs. boyfriend Dear morning Crew, I’ve been in a five-year-long relationship with a man that my father does not approve of. Although I am a young adult, in graduate school, my father is still not willing to admit that I am ready for a relationship. Although he asked me to wait until I finish grad school to date, I have been continuously dating my boyfriend behind his back. I love my father and my family, but I am torn between the love of my life and the man who birthed me. My boyfriend is now ready for marriage, but I refuse to entertain the thought without my father’s approval. I am not certain how much longer I can remain torn. Please help me find the words to express this to my father in hopes that he will respect me as his 24-year-old daughter and not his 16-year-old little girl.
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