, Salem, MA


November 9, 2012

Dear Abby: 25-year-old daughter wants widowed dad to spend his life alone


I sense that upper management and my supervisor like being addressed that way. But what do you suggest I do with the rest of my co-workers?

Ol’-Fashioned in Ohio

Dear Ol’-Fashioned: I suggest you explain to your co-workers, as you have to me, that using this respectful form of address is a custom you were raised with. And because old habits are hard to break, that they please cut you some slack because you are trying to offend no one.

P.S. They appear to be clueless.

Dear Abby: I’m 15. A few nights ago, a guy friend of mine asked me to “sext.” I was furious, but played along with him and said “yes.” Then I sent him a picture of an elderly woman in a bikini.

After that, I went off on him. I told him how wrong it was for him to ask me for that. No girl deserves to be treated that way. I haven’t spoken to him since.

He texted a close friend of mine, telling her what happened and saying how much he regretted it and loved me. He said he cares for me, but that now there’s no chance because I hate him.

He has sent me texts apologizing for what he did, but I have ignored them. Should I accept his apology? Or save my heart from being broken again?

Disappointed Teen in California

Dear Disappointed Teen: Your guy friend made a mistake and has apologized. If you still have feelings for him, accept the apology and give him another chance. However, if he continues to ask you to do something that you feel is wrong, THAT will be the time to end the relationship.

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