April 2, 2013
DEAR READERS: It's April Fools' Day, the day on which I share some offbeat letters and examples of readers' efforts to pull my leg. It's all in fun - so enjoy! DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married almost 10 years. The other day when I was doing the laundry, I discovered a red stain on his underwear. He said they were painting the bathroom at work and he had gotten paint on it when he used the facilities, but it looks more like lipstick to me. Can you tell me how to get the lipstick out of his shorts?
April 1, 2013
DEAR ABBY: There's this guy I like, "Joey. " My sister likes him, too. Joey and I are not dating, although we are very close friends. My sister (of course) decided to ask him out on a date. I'm so upset with her. It has been two days since their date and I'm still not talking to her. I can't believe she asked him out when she knew I was about to. I don't want to ruin our relationship, but Joey is now into her. Please give me some advice before I do something terribly wrong. - Can't take it in Florida DEAR CAN'T TAKE IT: If your sister jumped in knowing you were interested in Joey, it was sneaky and wrong.
March 29, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I am a single mother raising a 15-year-old son. For most of his life it has just been the two of us. I now regret that I put him in bed with me when he was a baby. As he grew older, I encouraged him to sleep in his own bed, but it would last only a few nights, and then he would sneak back into my room. I was married for three years when he was around 11, and he'd sneak into my husband's and my bedroom after we were asleep and sleep on a couch in there. His problem is he is terrified of the dark and believes in ghosts, monsters, etc. He says he has a phobia and I believe him. I tried getting a dog for him to sleep with and night-lights, but nothing worked.
March 28, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I hope you will print this because I'm sure many women share this dilemma. My boyfriend, whom I adore and who is one of the kindest men on Earth, wants me to perform a certain sex act on him. While I understand that many people - and I don't judge them - enjoy it, I am not one of them. I would feel degraded if I even tried it. He says that he won't pressure me about it, yet he talks about it a lot. Just listening to him talk about it puts unwanted pressure on me. I have tried to be honest with him. I told him I don't want to do this, but I'm afraid if I don't, it will damage my relationship with him. However, if I give in, I'll end up with feelings of self-loathing and resentment.
March 27, 2013
DEAR ABBY: "Rita" and I have been together three years and are getting ready to make the final commitment of marriage. My problem is that she's a slob. I don't want to spend the rest of my life in a house that looks the way hers does right now. The thought of raising kids in that kind of atmosphere chills me. I'm no neat freak, but Rita gets offended if I raise the issue. I don't want to nag because her mother already does, and it makes Rita respond like a defiant child. Have you any ideas about what I can do to keep our relationship - and hopefully our future - intact?
March 25, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My friend "Eden" recently told me that her husband constantly compares her to me. It came up because she asked how I was feeling in my first trimester of pregnancy, and I confided that I have been having a tough time keeping up with my household duties. Instead of sympathizing, she said, "Wow! I'll have to tell my husband that, because he's always talking about how clean your house is and how you cook dinner for your family every night. " I was really hurt that she was taking pleasure in my failures.
March 25, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My 25-year-old son, "Mark," lives at home, has a full-time job and dates a girl, "Julia," who is a minister's daughter. Julia is in pre-med and Mark thinks she's wonderful and smart. Abby, when she's here, she holes up in his room and never comes out. She's as quiet as a mouse. I am boisterous, and I get the feeling I turn her off. The last time she stayed over was before an out-of-state interview Mark was driving her to. She never even said hello or goodbye. He made her breakfast in bed, and they sat there laughing and eating with the door shut.
March 22, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My 22-year-old daughter became pregnant from a guy she had dated only a few months, but never seriously. After weeks of wondering what she was going to do, she decided that terminating her pregnancy was the best thing to do considering she has limited income and still lives with me. I, however, am pro-life, although I do feel that in cases of rape or incest it is acceptable. My daughter knows how I feel about this. I supported her in her decision, but did not agree with it. Abby, I have taken this really hard.
March 20, 2013
DEAR ABBY: After 20 years of marriage, I am now again in the dating world - and, wow, have things ever changed! What happened to the days when men would open doors, kiss your cheek, or try to impress you by sending flowers, complimenting you and chasing you to go out with them? Nowadays, the guys expect me to impress them, call them first, etc. What are your thoughts on this? I have been on numerous dates, and out of all of them only one man acted like an old-school gentleman.
March 18, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My husband of eight years had an affair with an old girlfriend, who is also married. I have spent the last nine months trying to forgive him, but he keeps breaking my heart because he can't seem to get over her. First he was sending her emails, then trying to call her because he felt so guilty over the affair and "needed someone to talk to. " Next, he went over to her house to see her. I know he loves me, but I know without a...