Now, as I look around me, there's no one there. No one to love and no one to love me. I never knew that chasing that dream would cost me everyone I ever loved.
I know I have made bad choices in life. I deserve the time for the crime I committed. But am I also sentenced to a world of loneliness? Can I ever be loved again and be happy after all the wrong I have done? Is there someone out there who would be willing to give me a chance? Is it too late to start over?
Abby, I am just hoping you have an answer for me.
- Serving Time
DEAR SERVING TIME: It is never too late to start over. With penitence comes redemption. Because of your criminal record you may have to work harder to gain trust, but I promise that if you're willing to work at it, it can be done.
DEAR ABBY: I want to use good manners, and a "You're welcome" or "Have a nice day" is a pleasing reply to hear.
What I do not like is a "No problem" reply to a "Thank you." It does not seem like a sincere response to me. In fact, it sounds like I was expected to be a problem and just happened not to be one. Any thoughts on this?
- Arkansas Lady
DEAR ARKANSAS LADY: You may not like hearing it, but you had better get used to it. While "You're welcome" may be more gracious, saying "No problem" reflects a generational shift in the vernacular. And while it may seem jarring, it is intended to be a polite response, so accept it graciously.