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April 3, 2013

Dear Abby: Woman’s big breasts are no big deal to boyfriend

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I have felt this way for a few years. I feel unable to settle down and start living or feel comfortable in my life until I work this out. The thought of not being around my family in the long term is unbearable. The thought of leaving my partner is equally painful. I have tried in vain to find an answer and feel overwhelmed. Help!

:Trans-Pacific Reader

:Dear Trans-Pacific: I don’t know your financial situation, but why must this be an “either/or” situation? You’re happily settled in a beautiful country and enjoying a loving relationship. I assume you also have a well-paying job.

Your dilemma might be solved by visiting your parents more often, particularly since their health is still good. If that changes, you could return to the U.S. for a more extended period. Until the laws in the U.S. regarding same-sex marriage change, that’s what you will have to do unless you’re willing to sacrifice your relationship.

:Dear Abby: Is it proper to tip your tattoo artist or piercer? They provide a service, just as a hairdresser would. I have never seen this addressed before. Your input would be helpful.

:Curious in Upstate New York

:Dear Curious: Tattoos and piercings are considered works of art, and it’s not unusual for a customer to present the artist with a gratuity commensurate with the degree of satisfaction the person feels with the results, the time it took to create it and the intricacy of the design. In lieu of money, sometimes gifts such as art books, spiritual artifacts or jewelry are given to the artist.

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