I fear that a certain software billionaire may be a nut job. Always bragging to our friends and acquaintances, commenting how he won’t fit in that car, asking if I need help getting something off the top shelf. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. An edited transcript of the chat is below. It’s difficult to admit when one’s been wrong, but there’s nothing quite so clarifying as figuring out how to do better. You are grown adults with plenty of money; if there’s something you want for yourself, go ahead and buy it—this kind of petty scorekeeping around gift-giving is barely excusable when little children do it. My husband wants me to dress up during sex — as a woman we both know. David is 5 feet, 8 inches tall. You received a thoughtful gift that cost more time than money. ***The chapter count is rising! I just learned that my daughter has seen him naked multiple times, including when he yelled out for her not to look and then walked out of the bathroom to grab a towel from the linen closet. Thanks for signing up! My husband wants me to dress up during sex — as a woman we both know. You clearly resent her for wanting something she doesn’t have, for reminding you that life is sometimes chaotic and desires often go unfulfilled. Dear Prudence is an advice column appearing several times weekly in the online magazine Slate and syndicated to over 200 newspapers. If you read the Dear Prudence archives you will see endless letters from people who had incredible sex daily during their youth and now are wandering a middle-aged sexual desert. Dear Prudence, After a decade in a tough marriage, I’m a recently divorced man. This is an enormous problem, not because of the dress, but because of what it suggests about the dynamic you’re going to have to deal with if you go through with the wedding and marry this man. Do not rob this moment of its joy by keeping score and demanding more. Now he’s attempting to stick his height into every conversation. Q. Second-class grandma: My son, Steven, and daughter-in-law, Julia, are expecting their first child and our first grandchild next month. Good luck, and just remember this: Using caterers may have a few attendant problems, but it beats cooking. You’ve known for at least two years that he has a habit of wandering through the house naked early in the morning. Dear Prudence sets the record straight for the wife of a future law student when it comes to student debt and entry-level jobs. Shannon’s picture got more attention than I anticipated and made it to a news feed for a broader audience. I’m not sure the things you want—to inform your wife you’re no longer attracted to her, nor in love with her, that you think of her as a sister, that you’d be totally cool if she decided to get a boyfriend, that you’d like to sleep with other people, and to keep from hurting her feelings—are compatible or even possible. There’s a lot of evasion and justification in your letter. I feel lied to and betrayed—why is he so insecure about his height? Anyone who thinks a podcast should be whittled down to the bare essentials is … Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. Now it's looking like 12 chapters and an epilogue. —Prudie editors. Dear Prudence,I’m in a pickle, or rather my son is. You’ve run out of free articles. He takes so much pride in being tall. There is absolutely no reason for him to continue doing this, and you have to take seriously the possibility that he has been getting something out of this. We could complete each other’s sentences and … Slate's advice columnist Dear Prudence, offers advice on manners, morals and more. We have a college fund for him and are paying for his car. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. For her birthday, my husband and I gave her a generous gift card to a local yarn store, for which she thanked us and seemed very pleased. He can’t afford to take over car payments or get a loan. By Eliel Cruz. Get More Prudie! Use the pain of the present moment as motivation to behave differently in the future. Granted, he was 20 or 30 feet away, but his behavior is downright creepy. Your daughter-in-law’s gift was thoughtful and intricate; yours was financially generous and relatively generic. How to ask for an open relationship: I’ve been with my wife for eight years, married for three, and we recently had a baby. A: This is not a situation where you need much of a strategy beyond “acknowledging reality.” Talk to your boyfriend. Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. Like Dear Prudence on Facebook She knows something is wrong, but I’m not sure how to tell her how I feel. Oct. 24, 2014. My husband's business requires us to entertain at home quite a bit. If someone gives you a present you don’t like, you smile and say, “Thanks, how thoughtful,” and then stash it in the back of your closet. Dear Prudence: Help! You “didn’t say anything mean about Shannon” when you posted, but you took a creepshot of her without her knowledge and uploaded it to a forum where people go to mock others for their appearance. All contents © Someone from work saw it and told Shannon (outside the office). Your friends have hinted that you are being unkind because you have been unkind. An edited transcript of the chat is below. There would be no reason to compare the two if you hadn’t insisted on doing so in the first place. Share. Wedding dress feud: I am getting married in a just a few short months. Dear Prudence, On a scale of 1 to 10, my problem is maybe a 1.5, but it's a problem nonetheless. Oh, how sharper than a servant's tooth. It's all good. The struggle for you, I think, will be to let your son make his own decisions without trying to either shield him from consequences or steer him into choosing what you want for him. Dear Prudence, I am 40 years old and until recently a single father. A mother-in-law believed to be from the US who wrote to The Slate's Dear Prudence to complain about a handmade gift from her daughter-in-law has been branded a 'monster' on Twitter. Dear Prudence is Slate's advice column, where Danny M. Lavery responds to your questions about relationships at home, work, and beyond. I had what I thought was a good relationship with Julia, but I find myself devastated. Also, he never said anything to me about her already seeing him nude. If he can “figure out how to pay for college,” then he can figure out how to buy a car, or briefly stop dropping $500 a month on weed (!!) You still have time to salvage this relationship—don’t die on this hill. I reminded him that our daughter gets up very early and asked him to please get at least partially dressed in the bathroom. History Herbert Stein. The column was initiated on 20 December 1997. She was so hurt over my choice that she told my fiancé that she wanted nothing to do with the wedding and has not helped since! Prudie is taking the week off, so this week’s column recaps some of our favorite letters from 2018—the dilemmas that most stirred your hearts and provoked your outrage. I reminded her that I was a nurse for 40 years, so there is nothing I haven’t seen. The woman in charge seems to resent my suggestions, though I am always polite, and it has come back to me that she is bad-mouthing me whenever she can. Why on Earth are you letting your underage daughter take responsibility for confronting your husband about repeatedly exposing himself in front of her? If one can cop to digging Airto then one can cop to being cool. Whatever you ultimately decide to share with her, I think you should be realistic about the odds that your confession will result in a divorce, whether you want it to or not. Slate has unearthed … Slate's advice columnist Dear Prudence, offers advice on manners, morals and more. The column was initiated on 20 December 1997. If your son wants to move out and work and smoke pot—which, as goals go, is probably achievable—he can do so, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy him a car in order to facilitate that dream. Send me updates about Slate special offers. I asked her if he might not have noticed that she’d come down, and she said that he’d turned in her direction, so she doesn’t know how he couldn’t have noticed her there. Do not allow him to put you off again. Other times, I think the comment spoke to an underlying fear I have that Elaine’s interest in other people’s children is dangerous. Dear Prudence, greet the brand-new day…” of the song is Prudence Farrow (now Bruns), the … I don’t want a divorce. Dear Prudence,Several years ago, our daughter, now 16, was fondled by an older cousin. D/A D/C D/B D/Bb D/A D/C D/B D/Bb Dear Prudence, open up your eyes D/A D/C D/B D/Bb D/A D/C D/B D/Bb Dear Prudence, see the sunny skies D/A D/C D/B D/Bb The wind is low, the birds will sing that you are part of everything D D/C C G D Dsus4 D5 Dsus4 Dear Prudence won't you open up you That’s your job. I told my son that we’d in effect paid for our own present and that he needs to communicate to his wife how improper and stingy this move was. Seriously, how hard is it to either screenshot or copy paste and leave the link. She is my best friend, and I love her like a sister. I see marriage in our future, as we’re both almost 40—but this needs to be settled first. Let it go, apologize for your churlishness, and take yourself shopping if you want a pricey gift this year. To compensate, she dotes on her friends’ children, especially my daughter “Alexandra.” Our other friends think Elaine is amazing—she’ll happily babysit, brings back gifts when she travels for work, invites us to go to children’s plays with her—but her actions have always seemed desperate to me. Take, for example, last Tuesday's "Dear Prudence" advice column on Slate.A 32-year-old woman discovers that her husband has been having an affair and wonders whether to confront him. See you in 2019! I'm wondering if your mother is the kind of person who is chronically unhappy with her current circumstances. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. If he later decides he wants to try college, the money will still be there—you’re not taking anything away from him or trying to stop him from working instead. If you set aside the money for college, it’s perfectly reasonable to leave it as is unless and until he decides to attend. A: Apologize to her. You threw the most painful reality of Elaine’s life—that she wants children, doesn’t have any, and dotes on her friends’ children to fill that void—into her face, in front of all of your friends and your daughter at a party. I am worried, however, that Elaine will tell our friends what I said. Apparently, that was not the end of it. By Zak Cheney-Rice. This is not about you. Dear Prudence: My Husband Is Contemplating Ruining Our Lives By Going To Law School Dear Prudence sets the record straight for the wife of a future law student when it … You did not do something stupid and insensitive, you intentionally (and, it seems, persistently) participated in a cruel game whose sole aim and focus is to make fun of fat people when you think they can’t hear or see you. Dear Prudence, I was raised by liberal parents in a small conservative city. She is also Slate's Human Guinea Pig, a contributor to the XX Factor blog, and the author of What the Dog Did: Tales From a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner. You say she “knows something is wrong,” which suggests that she does not “love you like a brother” and has also fallen out of romantic love with you, and that she is not likely to be excited at the prospect of starting an open relationship together. You don’t ask your kid to complain to the gift-giver via backchannel. Frankly, I can see why they don’t want you in the room, if But I was a nurse! And to close down the catering lady, make it a point to tell her that you have decided to defer to her professional experience. Dear Prudence, At my office job, clients recently came in for a big meeting that included my boss. Dear Prudence gave some solid advice to Inconsiderate about dealing with her rude-ass in-laws. She’s 16 and traumatized, and you’re her parent. Prudie agrees with the late and witty Mo Udall, who said, in another context, "That condition can be cured only with embalming fluid." Dear Prudence, My significant other died six months ago from a long-term illness. Dear Prudence: Help! Q. • Send questions for publication to prudence@slate.com. How do I gently broach the topic without hurting her feelings? Recently, at our physical, I learned something. You shouldn’t! While Prudie knows that animal lovers are a fiercely loyal lot (and vociferous too), there is no recourse from these monetary gifts to fur-bearing recipients. I do not need this aggravation, Prudie, and fear she is harming my reputation. I politely told her that I appreciated the possible heirloom but had found my own dress. Submit your questions and comments here before or during the live discussion. Like Dear Prudence on Facebook You can cancel anytime. (Questions may be edited.). You humiliated her because she asked to hold your baby. On his Tinder profile, he lists himself as 6 feet. Be polite when … Slate’s beloved advice columnist, Mallory Ortberg, will be joined by special guests for lively conversation and to tackle tough issues with her trademark frankness and charm. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. If the answer is "No," see Solution 1. It didn’t occur to you to apologize to Shannon before you realized that there might be social consequences for your actions, which suggests that you are not so much sorry for what you’ve done as you are afraid of being exposed as untrustworthy, unkind, and unprofessional. Thirty to 50 times a day. Aug. 28, 2014. to save up for an apartment to smoke weed in. I’ve felt nothing but heartache since learning I would be banned from the delivery room. The two of you just had a baby—not always the most exciting, sexy time in a relationship—and I’m inclined to think that if you sit on this confession for a little while, you may feel some relief over not rushing to share all of these feelings with her as they arise. "Prudence" was a pseudonym, and the author's true identity was not revealed at the time. It is not Dear Prudence, IMO, it is just a spar of phrasing that the band got held up in like web. We haven’t spoken much since except to discuss our grandchildren, and our DIL has been outright cold. Whether or not she accepts it is outside of your control, but you owe it to her nevertheless. He agreed, but I caught him a few weeks later still walking around naked. So we’re considering cashing in the college fund so he can pay off his car and get started. My daughter is torn about whether to cut the creep loose or to hope against hope that he will change. Dear Prudence, I’m a 28-year-old woman in a healthy, long-term relationship with a man I love dearly. Your daughter-in-law and your son are drawing a totally appropriate boundary, and you need to stop trying to argue with them about it. Prudie never intended to go to William Safire-land with linguistic matters ... but what the hell! You are not being snubbed. But to be pragmatic, here are your options. He says that I should just wear the dress for the ceremony and then change into my own dress for pictures at the end. If you read the Dear Prudence archives you will see endless letters from people who had incredible sex daily during their youth and now are wandering a middle-aged sexual desert. I’ve tried to reason with Steven, but he seems to be afraid of angering Julia and will not help. This is something that you need to talk about with him now. Have you noticed that almost no one uses "reticent" correctly anymore? Share / Oct 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM. I’ve always been close to my son, but I no longer feel valued. On our first date, I asked him [if he is] really 6 feet. She's dying of a terminal illness -- she has six to eight months to live -- and her husband has been a tremendous source of support to her. Photos by Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images Plus; Ljupco/iStock/Getty Images Plus. What about HOMELESS PEOPLE? Dear Abby: I have a 27-year-old son, “Bobby.” He was living with me and his grandma, and two years ago he got a puppy, which I took care of, potty-trained and fed. Whether she got the yarn with the gift card you gave her or spent her own money is beside the point; you’re acting as if she re-gifted something when that clearly wasn’t the case. Q. Dear Prudence, I was raised by liberal parents in a small conservative city. Viral 'Dear Prudence' Letter Reveals the Single Worst Person of Halloween 2014. Instead, I want to ask her if I can open the relationship. Imagine my dismay, however, when six months later for our anniversary she gifted us with a lovely bedspread, which she told me she made with yarn purchased from the gift card! The fact that people said mean things about Shannon was not an unforeseeable accident, it was the logical conclusion of the actions you took. Then comes Airto and his passionate percussion and catterwall, howl and grunts. Prudie also thinks guys like this are lucky if they're not Bobbittized. Please try again. A: Oh, my God. Our Shows. All contents © 2020 The Slate Group LLC. This … Writing her a letter to express “sadness” that her own parents didn’t teach her proper etiquette would be wildly inappropriate, out of line, and an unnecessary nuclear option. Everything has been going wonderfully, the only snag in the whole proceedings has been the wedding dress. He wants to call me her name and for me to wear a very particular kind of clothing she wears. Can you live with the kind of marriage where your husband’s response to 50 daily phone calls from his mother is “no big deal”? Now I’m worried I might have ruined my personal and professional life. The catch? Emily Yoffe -- a.k.a. For years, he got dressed in the bathroom. Help! Please send your questions for publication to prudence@slate.com. Read Prudie's recent chats and visit her old archives. My husband's business requires us to entertain at home quite a bit. And of course "disinterested" has come to mean "uninterested." You owe her a sincere apology. This is an enormous red flag, and you absolutely have to pay attention to it. D/A D/C D/B D/Bb D/A D/C D/B D/Bb Dear Prudence, open up your eyes D/A D/C D/B D/Bb D/A D/C D/B D/Bb Dear Prudence, see the sunny skies D/A D/C D/B D/Bb The wind is low, the birds will sing that you are part of everything D D/C C G D Dsus4 D5 Dsus4 Dear Prudence won't you open up you My husband gets up early in the morning. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. The decision must be hers. Please see the attached letter previously sent to Slate (but not published) as to why "empathetic" should not be used. But nothing did happen. Long ago, he helped produce this show. He said it was OK since no one was awake yet. 1) Discontinue making any suggestions. You are entirely in the wrong! I Only Get Angry on Rare Occasions, but When I Do, It’s Really Bad. He has pledged $200 million for homeless dogs and cats. I was stunned and hurt by the unfairness of the decision and tried to plead with her and my son, but Julia says she “wouldn’t feel comfortable” with me there. It’s fine if you like to give expensive presents—and can afford to do so—but that’s not the only way to show someone that you care. This online community doesn’t exist to “discuss the obese people in [y]our lives,” it exists to spy on, record, and mock them. Now it's looking like 12 chapters and an epilogue. I work in an office where most of my co-workers are friends. slate.com — Dear Prudence By Dan Kois and Danny M. Lavery Dec 10, 20205:59 AM This week, Danny M. Lavery and Slate writer and editor Dan Kois discuss a Prudie letter: the covert consumer. Emily Yoffe -- a.k.a. Sign up now to listen and support our work.The King was an animatronic lounge singer who performed in Chuck E. Cheese locations in the 1980's and early 90's, but then he disappeared. This is a heartache for me, though it is actually my daughter's problem. He sets his work clothes out in the dining room so he doesn’t disturb me. *** (See the end of the work for more notes.) She's dying of a terminal illness -- she has six to eight months to live -- and her husband has been a tremendous source of support to her. Continue to check in with your daughter, prioritize her safety and well-being, and have a plan in place for how you will protect her if he doesn’t stop, even if that means staying in separate homes. Dear Prudence, My daughter-in-law enjoys knitting and crocheting. In our 25 years together, we had a 25-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old son. I’m not sure if I should go to Shannon and apologize (I am deeply sorry I’ve hurt her), go to HR pre-emptively, or just stay quiet. I figured that would be the end of it and that she would give it to one of her daughters. Help! If people find out I did this, they’ll hate me. I cannot bring myself to speak to Julia. 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