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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta JO THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, Auijusl 54, 1970 THE OLD HEAVE-HO Senior members of the Leth- bridge and District Pemmican Club showed the young fry just how it was done in the tug-of-war at the club's annual picnic Sunday. Races, refreshments, and family fun marked the day which was held at Henderson Lake Park. Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: We had the meanest mother in the world. While the other kids on our block enjoyed candy for breakfast, we had to eat cereal. They were treated to soda pop and pizza For lunch. We were stuck with sand- wiches and milk. Our mother insisted on knowing where we were at all criminals on parole. She had to know where we were going and who we were with every time we left the house. We had orders when to be home and no excuses were acceptable. She also broke the chilct labor law. She made us work. We were forced to wash dishes, make beds, cook, sew and do all the rotten jobs, like take out the trash and keep up the yard. Our mother must have stayed up nights think- ing up things for us kids to do. We never had a minute to just relax, or fool aromid. Ma was like a judge when it came to "facts." We had to tell everything exactly truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She should have been on the Supreme Court. By the time we were teen-agers our friends knew we had a very mean mother. When guys came to get Sis and me Ma embarrassed them to death by making them come to the door. Other girls could run out tp the car when they heard a horn toot but Ma wouldn't stand for any horn blowing in front of our house. I forgot to mention that Ma's nuttincss nearly made old maids out of us. Our girl friends were allowed to date at 12 and 13 but we couldn't go out until we were 15. As you can guess, our mother was a complete failure. None of us kids were ever arrested for rioting. We never spent a night in jail. You can't imagine the shame we felt when other kids told about freaking out and getting busted in drug raids. We had to sit there like squares without a blamed thing to tell. My brothers both served in the Air Force even though they were very much opposed to the war. They even took part in some peaceful anti-war demonstrations'. But somehow they just couldn't see burning their draft cards or going to Canada and giving up their citizenship forever. They said it was too much like copping out. I've given a lot of thought to how I'm going to raise the kids I hope to have. Although our mother was awfully mean I'll have to admit we. all turned out pretty well. None of us kids ever went the pill or drag route. We all seem to be in good shape, physically and emotionally. And each of us has a pretty good idea of what we want to do with our lives. Most of our friends whose mothers were easy going or too busy to pay attention to them are having a lot of trouble. I've decided if my kids think half as much of me as I think of my mother I'll be very proud. I guess I'll be a mean mother, too. Ahead Dear Looking: I've received complaints about "mean mothers" from every state in the union. Your letter said it best. Thanks for writing. Confidential to Victim of Inequity and Injustice: Your story is one of the saddest (and one of the oldest) known to man. But it was ever thus. A wise philosopher once observed, "Love, like money, is always easiest to get for those who need it least." When romantic glances tm'n to warm embraces is it love or chemistry? Send for UK booklet "Love Or Sex And How To Tell The by Ann Landers. Enclose a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope and 35 cents in coin with your request. l.A. TO F.O.E. BINGO Monday, Aug, 24 JACKPOT 53 NOS. "20 ALARM BINGO" Gold Cart! Pay Double 55 Door Cards (Many other extras) Regular Cards 2Sc or 5 for 13th St. and Avc. 'A' N. No children under )6 allowed Relieves Acid Indigestion A W leaspoon of Cow Brand in halt a Eh s of ill guc nuick relief Mild, soolliing, it helps neutralize excess acid to settle upsel siomach. cow BRAND -ramm