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Sister's Cruel Taunts Draw Tears From Adopted Daughter

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Melissa would be in big trouble if I told Mom, but I'm afraid it will make her even meaner. I don't want to get her in trouble because, in spite of this, I still love her. I just want her to stop being mean and start treating me like her real sister again. Abby, what should I do? -- REAL SISTER IN TACOMA REAL SISTER: Clip this and show it to "Miss Melissa." I have news for her. Parents who raise a child ARE "real" mothers and fathers. And you are as "real" a sister as Melissa is likely to get. Her behavior is cruel, insensitive and immature. She's doing it because you have allowed her to get away with it. Give your sister one warning. Tell her that if she repeats that nonsense again, you will tell your "real" mother, who also happens to be HER mother. And if she's foolish enough to try it -- follow through. ------------------------------------------------------------ MAGIC PEN & CALCULATOR TUBE... You'll spend hours trying to figure out how it works! 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Abby, he propositioned me -- if you know what I mean. He offered a large sum of money, which would help my family get our own place. I'm confused. What do I do? -- DESPERATELY SEEKING MY OWN PLACE IN TEXAS DESPERATELY SEEKING: You're not confused; your customer is. He may have won the lottery, but he's a loser. You are a cashier, not a prostitute. Tell him there are some things money can't buy -- and one of them is YOU. ABBY: I participate in a depression forum. One question comes up repeatedly, and I have yet to find a decent answer. What is the best way to answer someone who inquires about a self-inflicted scar? And are there ways to hide scars besides wearing long sleeves or pants all the time? Should we even feel that we have to hide them? -- GETTING BEYOND MY PAST IN HONOLULU GETTING BEYOND: Because over the years I have heard from (and about) young people who have tried to cope with severe depression by cutting themselves instead of seeking the counseling they need, I am sure that question comes up with some frequency. The problem with "cover-ups" is sooner or later -- like scars -- the truth is exposed. The honest answer to someone you trust is simply to tell the truth. For others, make light of the question ("Oh, those darn rose bushes ...") and steer the conversation to another subject. http://pd.gophercentral.com/r/198/c/102/a/100226/l/184kb6 Watch this one-of-a-kind video of Hollywood's greatest leading ladies! ABBY is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write ABBY at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. 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