DEAR ABBY: Is it acceptable to bring a teacup-size dog to a wedding? The excuse was, “Well, the wedding was at the beach.” The pre-dinner and dancing were inside a high-end resort on the beach. The dog was taken inside these establishments.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My doctor just called to say I need to go back to the radiologist for another X-ray, because something suspicious showed up on the first one. But I can’t face going back. I’m so frightened that I might have breast cancer. I know that’s stupid, but I can’t help it. Why is God doing this to me? — K.K.
DEAR ABBY: My granddaughter “Cindy,” age 2, was being watched by her mommy’s ex-sister-in-law and her sons. Cindy went to her mommy and said, “Bubby hurt me.” Bubby is what she calls her 10-year-old cousin. Her mother called the police. A policeman spoke to her and said there wasn’t enough evidence. Now my granddaughter is scared of men.
One thing grew into another, and I wound up purchasing her a brand-new car off the dealer lot for a college graduate relative. I even let her pick the color. Red, of course. Did I ever get a phone call after she picked up the car? No.
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I am a young woman hoping to find “The One.” But I have come to realize that I’m not the normal female. I don’t get manicures or go shopping. When I meet a guy, he likes that I’m “me,” but if we get serious, then I’m “too independent” or “not girly enough.”
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: You preachers are always saying we need to change our behavior and become better people, but I don’t agree. I think we need to learn to accept ourselves just as we are and quit feeling guilty over our shortcomings. We’ll never be perfect anyway, so why worry about it? — L.S.
Neither of my parents does anything for fun. When Dad comes home from work, he either reads the newspaper or takes a nap. If Mom has free time after finishing the housework or running errands, she watches the news on TV or goes to bed early. Once I was in high school, I started hearing classmates talk about their parents’ friends or hobbies and I realized my parents are different. They don’t even listen to music or read books.
My husband told me he had been hoping to take the stone from my paternal grandmother’s ring, a stone from my maternal grandmother’s ring and one from his family to make a new “joining of the families” ring. We haven’t made it yet, but we all look forward to the special meaning that it will embody.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I heard from a religious friend of mine that Jesus is going to come back to Earth someday. But how will we know if he does? Maybe he’ll be born in some remote part of the world and we’ll never even hear about him. — R.G.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: We moved to a new city a few months ago when my husband was transferred. He loves his new job, but I’m miserable because I don’t know anyone here, and I’m just getting more and more depressed. I’ve even thought about going back home, although I don’t want to. What would you advise? — M.M.
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