Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dear Prudence, 1 July 2010, One-by-one: What? No tribute to Canada?

She does letters about mothers on Motherz Day, she does letters about fathers on Fatherz Day, but she doesn't do letters about Canadians on Canada Day?

The originals are HERE.

Letter 1 is from a dude who for six month has been dating a girl who may be Miss Right. When and if does he tell her that he was a sperm donor some fifteen years ago? Prudie says to make the most of some movie to broach the subject.
My take: He wouldn't have to worry about some grown-up gamete showing up on the doorstep if it weren't for the misguided gamete-ID laws the geneto-obsessives have sprung on society. The kind of laws that mean that in many countries there are... no more sperm donors. Good move, folks! I do hope you're not Canadian, where the right of anonymity is under attack (see HERE).

Video letter is from a gal whose parents prefer her newish hubby to herself. Prudie says to tell her parents this is hurtful.
My take: Maybe they prefer him for a reason? Is he Canadian?

Letter 2 is a punfest for Prudie, so I won't indulge her. But her advice is sound. Too bad the LW isn't from Canada, where that kind of sexist speech can get you landed in jail.

Letter 3 is from a mom who wants her two daughters to be friends. This means forcing them to do everything together, and depriving her older daughter of special moments just for her, like getting her ears pierced for his tenth birthday. Prudie says that mom's a bitch and goes all Cary Tennis on her.
My take: I agree with the general tenor of Prudie's response. How about the younger daughter share the moment by offering her older sister a pair of earrings? In any case, if you force love on your kids, they will rebel, and one will run away to Canada.

Letter 4 is about a wedding, so I won't bother going into it here.
My take: Jane is crazy, but just how offensive could not inviting Tammy be? Tammy already said she had a conflict. I hate to say it, but weddings make Canadians go crazy, too.


CoolOne said...

Agreed that the best way to let the sister participate is to help her pick a pair of earrings as a birthday present. Ask her is she'd really want her sister to watch her getting hers pierced, or whatever other activity may seem special to her to do without the sister.

Also good answer for the sperm donor. The whole point fo sperm donation is that the couple donate to are the legal parents, no question. This is one reason many parents never tell the kids there was a donor. (Hopefully the bloodtypes match, and they don't think Mom messed around!)

Kati said...

Marc, you outdid yourself with the pix in this one! i had to laugh so hard at the one with the sperm donor and the others! As they say, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words....