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That someone would be so insensitive as to pose those questions in front of the children is disconcerting. While I can’t think of a “witty” response that would deter the questioner, I can think of one that would be effective. Look the person in the eye, smile and say, “Oh, that’s a long story, but look at what beautiful sons I have. I feel truly blessed.”Message from above? DEAR ABBY: My parents died when I was a teenager. In the years since, I have noticed strange things. While I don’t find pennies, I do often see streetlights turn off right before I drive under them. I drive a lot at night and in the early morning because I work graveyard shifts, and it seems to happen almost every day when I go to work or come home. I guess it could be coincidental. But a friend suggested years ago that it’s my parents letting me know they’re watching over me. I want to believe, yet I feel skeptical at the same time. Have you ever heard of anything like it? — Lights Out in Federal Way, Wash.
The only time I have heard of anything like what you’re experiencing has been when I happened to change channels and come upon a television show about the paranormal. More important than what I believe is what you choose to believe. If the reassurance that your parents are watching over you brings you comfort, then I am all for it.Celebrate half birthdays DEAR ABBY: This idea may appeal to the parents of young children: Celebrate “half-birthdays.” (The concept is derived from the “Half-Birthday Song” in “Alice in Wonderland.”)
The title of the song you mentioned is actually “The UNbirthday Song,” but I’m in favor of anything that will bring parents and children closer. If the household is headed by a single working parent, then I’ll bet a grandparent would be delighted for the chance to celebrate that special occasion.© Universal Uclick 8/13