New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
SA ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Friday, Feb. 10, 1995
\ New Braunfels | Historical
| Sat. & Sun. Only #■ Feb. lith & 12th
"Thanks for Making Our First Year A Great Success - Betty Paine.
located In Gruene behind Bushwacker” (on the one-way street)
520-9622 Open Daily
DEAR ABBY: I have two sons, and after waiting for 15 years to become a grandmother, I learned that both my daughters-in-law were expecting their babies a week apart.
I would like to have a baby shower for each of them, but was wondering if it would be OK to combine the showers and give one baby shower for both. (Two separate showers would be too expensive for me.)
I would have invitations printed up saying that the baby shower is for both my daughters-in-law.
Don 7 K how \\ hot Ut (id Your Favorite \ alc mine /
dive Trave (ii ft
133 Lands StreetS. <4 Glider Rocker
Sr> A durable acrylic and polyester
blend fabric rounds exit this very popular comfortable oak gluier rocker.
MWW 61 601 0$34999
W 416^ny 32” Stereo Color TV
Features 12" Trinitron H picture tube, picture-in-picture, Matrix Surround"- sound and universal remote control. KV32S15
Rck $1’WW 70-1W 4*1099“
Come Have Coffee with
<40 \ W
Rt* SHWW JW^W
Out tie Seek or Southwest
Woodmere Traditional Electronics Center
Wartn oak holds a 27" TV, I adjustable shelves, glass door on audio section
Rr* $6WW 95 MOB ^oD ATT
Fdegant 18th century styling crafted in cherry solids, veneers and selected hardwoods with a hand-rubbed finish Features full/queen rice bed.
(King size available) Re* $749 w simy
Mete Bay amt $499.99 OfMMr/Wrrar $499.99 bu. IW9M St Mi $199.99
W ---- $119.99
»moody <k>«*n no payment* until May I
credit Minimum purchase of IAdopted woman is thankful she was chosen for a wondeiful life
Misses' & Juniors' Sportswear & Dresses Petites’ Sizes & Women’s World Intimate Apparel • Children's Apparel Shoes • Accessories • Men s Sportswear Men's Furnishings & Dress Clothing Outerwear for the Family
Selections vary by store. Interim markdowns have been taken. Petites at selected stores.
Lack's of New Braunfels
971 W. San Antonio 625-7324
DEAR ABBY: I am hoping you publish this letter because I know of no other way to deliver my message.
I was bom on Jan. 3, 1957, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. I was given up for adoption by a young woman from the Midwest. I’ve never felt the need to find my birth mother, but I’ve always wanted to thank her.
I have the kindest, most loving parents in the world. I grew up in a very happy home where I was privileged to have all the advantages a child could hope for. My parents raised me to be proud that I was a “chosen” child. I may have been too well-adjusted; my third-grade teacher sent a note home to my mother asking her to please stop telling the other kids with such enthusiasm that I was chosen by my parents from all the babies in the world, and how unfortunate for them that their parents were “stuck” with them. The poor nonchosen kids were going home in tears because they weren’t adopted!
I live in Phoenix with a terrific husband, and we have seven beautiful children. I still talk to my mom and dad every day.
So, to my birth mother, wherever you are: I know that giving me up was the hardest, most courageous thing you ever did. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the gift of a wonderful life.
I am signing my real name for you to use if you wish. Or, if you prefer, just sign me ...
SUSY IN PHOENDC
DEAR SUSY: What a heartwarming letter! Thank you for writing.
• * *
DEAR ABBY: I am a 12-year-old
girl who is an avid reader of your column. I couldn't help but notice how many grandparents and other relatives complain about the lack of thank-you notes they get.
Ever since I could write, I have written long thank-you letters to all gifl-givers. The rewards are great. I thought everyone wrote thank-you notes, but apparently I’m wrong. So I thought I’d contribute some guidelines:
1. Thank them for the gift; tell what you plan to do with it.
2. Mention anything interesting going on in your life (family members, pets, sports, etc.).
3. Ask questions about their life and activities.
4. If possible, include a recent picture. Or send along an interesting article or a funny cartoon.
If you follow those steps, you’ll end up with a wonderful thank-you letter. And believe me, it won’t go unappreciated!
WANTS TO HELP IN ST. CLOUD, MINN.
DEAR WANTS; You are a wise young lady, and I predict that you will do very well in life. I’m sharing your guidelines, which should benefit many who get “writer’s block" when faced with the chore of writing thankyou letters.
Hot Shots - Frazar’s
Lakeview Camp McQueeney
Is Now Open Under OLP Ownership!
Eileen Silvis Michael & Kerry Frazar are back. Boat Launching • Picnic Grounds • Fishing Restaurant Open Wed-Thur 5-9 pm Friday - Fish St Chicken Fry 5-10 pm Sat - noon to IO Sun - noon to 9 pm
Take 725 South to 78, Left at light, First left after bridge at Hot Shot Lane, 2 country blocks.
DEAR ABBY: This is in regard to smokeless tobacco:
In 1967, my husband had a severe heart attack, and he stopped smoking. Several months later, his cardiologist told him that smokeless tobacco would not be harmful.
After a year or so, during a physical examination, several malignant tumors were discovered in his bladder. The urologist immediately scheduled surgery to remove them.
The urinary specialist said, “We don’t think smokeless tobacco caused this ... we know it!”
He was checked regularly from then on, and had to have tumors in his bladder removed six more times before he passed away in 1994.
MRS. BERYL FRAZIER, ARVADA, COLO.
DEAR MRS. FRAZIER: My condolences on the loss of your beloved husband. I hope you shared with his cardiologist what his urinary specialist told you: “We don’t think smokeless tobacco caused this ... we know it!”
DEAR GRANDMA: Traditionally, showers are given by friends, not close family members, but many readers tell me that they find family members hosting showers to be perfectly OK.
Don’t be ashamed to explain to your daughters-in-law that the cost of two showers is more than you can afford, and ask them how they feel about a joint shower.
Under the circumstances, I doubt if the guests would resent having to bring two gifts in return for only one lunch.
DEAR ABBY: Recently my husband had serious throat surgery, which resulted in a somewhat deeper and huskier voice. This has been traumatic for him, but his strong will and perseverance have enabled him to continue his teaching profession.
The most painful part of his recovery has been coping with insensitive remarks made by acquain
tances who have known him for years. Some examples: “What’s wrong with your voice?” “You sound strange.” “Do you have a cold?”
Such questions make my husband feel “defective.” His selfesteem is wounded. Can you suggest a response mv husband might
use when he’s asked. “What’s wrong with your voice?”
DEAR WIFE: The comments and questions indicate that people care about your husband. They are not meant to be rude. Your husband should give these curious people the benefit of the doubt, and respond candidly: “Pve had throat surgery. I appreciate your concern.”
DEAR ABBY: On a recent trip to Ireland, I had the pleasure of staying at a hotel in Galway where a wedding reception was taking place.
Our tour guide told us about the custom regarding wedding invitations: Two sets of invitations were
went to close friends and relatives. The other was sent to friends to come later and enjoy dancing and wedding cake.
We thought that was a wonderful idea, since the cost of weddings is so outrageous these days.
Nothing was said about wanting gifts ... and if someone felt he had to bring a gift, it was a token one.
Isn’t it interesting the different way we Americans think about things? Always complaining and untrusting. Maybe we need to be somewhat poorer in monetary things, and richer in friends.
SUE EGAN, BETHLEHEM, PA.
DEAR SUE: I agree. I’ll bet plenty of Irish eyes were smiling at that wedding.
* * *
To receive a collection of Abby’* most memorable — and moat frequently requested — poems and essays, send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for 93 BS <114.50 in Canada) to: Dear Abby’s
,nle,PnV/’ P0 Bo* U7> M™nt Morris, 111. 61054-0447. (Postage is included.)