Dear Abby: When I was a child, my parents skipped my elementary school graduation. For that matter, everyone did. My grandfather had just died, so Mom was mourning his loss. Fast-forward a few years — nobody attended my junior high graduation, either. Granted, Mom had a couple of stitches in her nose because my brother had accidentally hit her with a golf club the week before.
Cooper, a nine-year-old old Golden Retriever, loves summertime because he gets to play in the sprinkler ... all ... day ... long. His owners, Terry Clark and Donna Becker of Wenatchee, say that first thing in the morning Cooper will whine at the back door and stomp his feet until someone turns the sprinkler on for him. It’s hard for him to understand that on rainy days his sprinkler friend can’t come out and play. Donna said it’s a good thing she can distract him with a cookie.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — David Evensen was promoted in the United States Navy to the rank of Lt. Cmdr. on June 1, 2013 in a ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla. A former resident of Wenatchee, Evensen graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1988. In 1989, he joined the U.S. Navy as a Sonar Technician, Submarines. He served 12 years before receiving a commission on June 1, 2003 and becoming an Information Dominance Warfare Officer (Intelligence Officer).
Attention, women who were declared to be of “advanced maternal age” even as their bellies swelled with life, who chased after a toddler with more patience than vigor, and who have simultaneously navigated menopause and parented an adolescent: Late-life mothering — if it occurred naturally at least — doubles your odds of living to an unusually old age, according to a new study.
Dear Abby: I have been seeing my boyfriend for five months. He still has some of his ex-girlfriend’s lingerie in his dresser. When we first got involved, he showed it to me and asked if I wanted any. I said no thanks.
Dear Abby: When I read the letter from “Undeserving Title of Mommy” (March 4), the pregnant woman who was saddened by the fact that she’s expecting a baby boy instead of the girl she had hoped for, my heart went out to her. I was reminded of something I had read about, a condition called gender depression or gender disappointment.
Dear Abby: I met a guy four months ago. Our relationship is new and pretty casual for the most part. We like each other’s company and spend nights together, but when we’re intimate, he keeps his clothes on — boxers and all. He is only 26, but he has told me about past relationships, so I know he has had experience.
Dear Abby: My 19-year-old sister died two years ago from an overdose. I’m 13. We were very close when we were little, but during the four years before she passed away, my parents didn’t want us around each other for fear of her rubbing off on me, and she wasn’t home half the time anyway. A year earlier she went to rehab, and I remember talking with her about how she was clean for good and then ...
Dear Abby: My husband, “Vinny,” and I were married 11 years when he left me for another woman. Eight months later he decided the grass wasn’t greener on that side of the fence and came back. Our marriage is better now than it was before the affair.
Dear Abby: Helping a parent or other adult relative handle their finances and health care can be a challenging gift to give. You want to honor their wishes and respect their boundaries, while at the same time acting in their best interest. But it can be hard to know where to begin and whom to trust, and you always wonder if you’re forgetting something.
Dear Abby: I’m a married father with a son and a baby girl on the way. While I couldn’t be more excited about my daughter’s impending arrival, I’m unsure about whether there is a right time to stop doing things like changing a diaper or seeing my daughter unclothed because she’s a girl and I’m not.