| | Re: Can a married woman be friends with a single man?
I believe a married woman can be just friends with a single man. I have been friends with a married woman for close to 15 years. Our friendship started due to our children being the same age and having the same interests. Over the years, it has always been about the children and family life in general. I lost my wife several years ago and it was the ear of a good friend that helped a great deal. We use to work together many years ago when we met, but since then, have not even lived in the same state. However, over the years, as business or vacations put us in the same state, we always at least had a cup of coffee and talked about - you guessed it, the kids. I now tease her that I have grandchildren and that she had better talk to her children about some soon. We do talk a couple of times a month and email every so often, and of course cards at the holidays. But the one thing that has allowed us remain just friends is a very simple thing - its called respect. Respect for each other and marriage. My wife understood when she was alive and so does my friends' husband. When I am in their area, it is always an invitation for both of them to take them out to lunch or dinner. I have never had any romantic feelings towards her nor she for me. Again, we respect each other and besides, good friends, no matter the gender, are hard to fine.