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parents have their children do this before
they learn to write.

by
ABIGAIL VAN BUREN
©2014 Universal Press Syndicate

GIRLS GET EARLY TRAINING
IN ART OF WRITING
THANK-YOU NOTES
DEAR ABBY: I have my granddaughters write
thank-you notes to everyone who gave them
presents for Christmas, birthdays and special
events. They are 7 and 8 years old now. They have
fun drawing pictures and mailing the letters, and the
recipients enjoy receiving their notes. I would like
to order your Letters Booklet because it contains
samples of many other types of correspondence. -LINDA IN CENTERVILLE, TEXAS
DEAR LINDA: You are giving your
granddaughters an early lesson in good
manners, and your idea of having them draw
pictures on their thank-you notes is clever.
Because most children like to draw, some

As your granddaughters grow older, suggest
that they keep a notebook handy when they
open their gifts and jot down the first thing
that comes to mind when they see the gift. Do
they like the color? The style? Is it something
they have been wanting? Write it down and
use it for inspiration.
My booklet is helpful for people of all ages
who put off writing because they don’t know
what to say. It can be ordered by sending
your name and mailing address, plus check
or money order for $8 (U.S. funds), to Dear
Abby Letters Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount
Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling
are included in the price. Inside you will find
many samples that can be used as patterns
from which to write your own. For anyone
who has ever wondered where to begin when
writing a note of thanks, congratulations,
condolences, composing a love letter or the
opposite -- announcing a broken engagement
or a decision to divorce -- “How to Write
Letters” is a handy guide for putting words
down on paper.
DEAR ABBY: A close friend of mine recently
confided that at a recent office happy hour, after

most of her co-workers went home, she made out
with a married manager. After that, they went to
another bar, after which he eventually paid a $200
taxi ride for her to go to her parents’ house where
she was spending the weekend. Now they text after
work hours (presumably while he is home with his
wife and kids), and he has invited her out to lunch
and drinks, which she has rebuffed.
I asked her what their goal was for this
“relationship” -- do they want an affair? Something
more? She says they are just friends, and she’s mad
at me for even questioning it. She just broke up
with her longtime boyfriend, and I don’t want her
to get hurt by getting involved with this man from
her office. Any advice? -- WORRIED FRIEND IN
NEW YORK
DEAR WORRIED FRIEND: You asked your
friend an intelligent question. Now it’s time to
step back out of the line of fire. This will not
end well, and somebody is going to be unhappy
as this unfolds. Do not let it be you.
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