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It’s Friday afternoon, and once again time for Amelia Hamilton to answer all your questions about Mamas, Mrs., and Mayonnaise.
What advice do you have for someone whose friend hates mayonnaise, and you suspect is anti-American and a likely communist sympathizer? — Joseph McCarthy
Anyone who hates mayonnaise is a good person and is to be prized above rubies. You also appear to have the political affiliations mixed up, but that is my reason for being — to set the readers straight. The earliest references to mayonnaise come from Alexandre Viard who is, as as you may have guessed, French. Who’s the anti-American communist now? (It’s you.)
My husband is planning a “romantic weekend” for our anniversary. As I do not like surprises, and the last surprise he gave me was a vacuum cleaner, how should I approach this anxiety-provoking event?
— Anxious Wife
Well, you know it’s a getaway rather than a vacuum, so you’re already ahead of your last surprise. See if you can get a few hints on dress code so you’ll know what to pack, then take a deep breath and let go. Trust your husband to make it a great weekend. Unless he tries to throw you a surprise part,y because literally no one wants one of those.
Do you have any advice for parents who want to prevent their third-borns from becoming bitter because they get all the hand-me-downs?
— Mama of 3
The most important piece of advice I can give you is to have a fourth child. People can’t just go around having odd numbers of children willy-nilly.
However, you don’t need to feel bad about hand-me-downs, especially when the youngest is still a baby and doesn’t know any better. Do the same things for #3 that you did for #1: fill out the baby book, take lots of pictures, sign up for a “mommy and me” class, and spend time with each individually. Make it happen, even if the kid is wearing clothes previously stained by the other two.
It also wouldn’t hurt to make the siblings’ clothes off limits for a while so #3 feels like it’s a privilege to wear them.
And, seriously, have a fourth.
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