Prudence is Ann Landers' daughter. Apparently advice columnists don't fall too far from the tree. Based on her advice, Mrs. Linklater can confirm that Prudence is out of her tree.
Published November 10, 2005 SLATE online
My husband recently informed me
that his friend is having a bachelor party in Vegas on our first
wedding anniversary. He asked me to come along, but I feel infuriated
and cannot believe he would even consider asking me to do this. I think
it is inconsiderate. I feel our first wedding anniversary should be
celebrated and honored—alone together—not with a bunch of drunken guys
in Las Vegas. Am I wrong to be angry? I know he will say that we spend
every minute together so why should it matter that we are not
celebrating our first anniversary alone together? I feel his doing
this, along with some past actions (looking at girls on the Internet
and on dating services) are huge red flags that I am not letting sink
in. I need advice on what I should do, and what you think he is doing.
I don't want to overreact.
—Wedding Belle Blues
What a guy ... so romantic and
sentimental. But given that this is his idea of fun, accept the
invitation and go to Vegas. It will shock his sox off. It is a
getaway and may, in fact, turn out to be a romantic trip after all.
Granted, this is a counterintuitive move, but your "permission" to
attend his buddy's party will give you good-sport points forever. Such
a gesture on your part seems wiser than raising hell about his wanting
to go—since you already know that's what he wants. And Prudie wonders
about a guy married only a year who is looking at dating sites. You
might want to discuss this with him, and ask him why. As to what Prudie
thinks he is doing, she has no idea, but does suggest you monitor the
situation. He sounds immature, at the very least.
Mrs. Linklater climbs on stage. Oh Prudie, hold my tassels will ya? They get in the way when I'm giving advice.
What's with the good sports points?
For what? Hooker heels? Lap dances? Marriage isn't about keeping score.
Although that romantic hubba bubba sounds like he wants to score with
anyone but his wifey poo. Come on, Prudence, wake up and smell the
urinal cakes, he is counting on her to bail on his invite.
Besides, do you really think his
bachelor buddy will let any woman that resembles a wife near a single one of
their all guy parties? No way a female is getting into those slimy
soirees unless she's coming out of a cake or sliding down a pole.
So Miss First -- and it sounds like
her Last -- Anniversary should just give her loved one a kiss and send
him on his way.
Tell him with a smile that she knows what happens in Vegas stays in
Vegas. Oh, and by the way, Sweetums, if you go to Vegas, stay in
Vegas. Because this is no longer your home.
That ought to shock more than his socks off.
Okay, you can return Mrs. Linklater's tassels, now. They just started playing her song.