DEAR ABBY: Today I saw a former classmate I hadn't seen in 22 years. He always seemed a little slow and different from the rest of us, and he was picked on at school because of it. When I said hello to him and reminded him of my name and that we went to school together, he said, "You danced with me at the prom, and I always thought that was so nice!" I had forgotten that I had danced with him, but obviously the fact that I did meant something to him.
My parents raised me to be nice to everyone, even if they weren't in my circle of friends. I'm not claiming that I was a saint in school, but I did try to stand up for people who were being picked on.
I wanted to share with your readers that any act of kindness probably means more than you know to the other person. I will be sharing my parents' message of kindness with my own daughter, and I hope other parents read this and do the same.
- Passing It On in Ohio
DEAR PASSING IT ON: Thank you for a wonderful letter. Your lesson in compassion is one that all parents should discuss with their children.
DEAR ABBY: I'm an 18-year-old girl who will be job-searching pretty soon. I have never felt the need to wear makeup in my day-to-day life, but now I'm wondering.
Is it unprofessional to go into a workplace sans makeup? Will future bosses think I don't look put-together?
I wonder if any other girls my age are having the same confusion.
- Ready to be Out There