Updated: January 11, 2013 10:38AM
Dear Abby: When I was an adolescent, my father molested me. It took me 20 years to finally confide this secret to my mother. Afterward it felt as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. That feeling lasted about two minutes. That’s how long it took for her to get on the phone and spread the news to everyone she could think of.
This was two years ago and, after repeatedly asking her to stop, she continues to tell. My feelings are NOT considered, even though I was the victim in all of this. I feel she tells my story to gain sympathy for herself.
Abby, I’m ready to end my relationship with my mother. How can I make her stop flapping her lips?
The Gossip’s Daughter
Dear Daughter: I suspect you are correct about your mother’s motives, and you have my sympathy. As I see it, you have two choices. The first would be to cut her out of your life (for which I wouldn’t blame you), and the other is to avoid sharing any personal information with her in the future.
Dear Abby: My 21-year-old daughter, “Shannon,” has moved back home and has a part-time job. We pay for her health and car insurance. Because her funds are limited, I asked her to make me a list of things she might want for Christmas. The two things she wants are a tattoo and a piercing.
I told her that while I respect her wish to express herself, I do not want to pay for something like that. I said if she wants a tattoo and a piercing, she will have to save her money and get them. She became upset with me and said I should give her what she wants instead of something I prefer.
Am I selfish for not wanting to give her a tattoo or piercing when I’d rather spend my money on something more practica?
in Longview, Texas
Dear Sensible Mom: If you are uncomfortable paying for a body modification for your daughter, then don’t do it. If she were my daughter, I would give her a check for Christmas along with a note expressing holiday wishes and the thought that you gave her a healthy body, and with it, a nice complexion. It is now hers to do with as she wishes. Then cross your fingers and hope she’ll have second thoughts.
Write to Dear Abby at