It’s only work if you’d rather be doing something else

Dear Abby clipping

How many of us have clipped a few of these?

I have had my finger on the pulse of the nation for more than three decades, and I’ve concluded that people are better than ever.

With all the crime, violence, and rebellion that has surfaced, I’ve seen more compassion, real love, and caring among the younger generation than was evidenced when I began writing my column.

My readers have told me that they’ve learned from me. But it’s the other way around. I’ve learned from them.

Has it been a lot of work? Not really. It’s only work if you’d rather be doing something else.

Dear Abby: Between you and me, I think the people who write to you are either morons or they’re just plain stupid.
                                                            Henry

Dear Henry: Which are you?

by Abigail Van Buren (born July 4, 1918)
from The Best of Dear Abby (1981)
chapter – All Kidding Aside
image – ejhogbin

Introducing Dear Abby

The first Dear Abby column appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on January 9, 1956. Author Pauline Phillips got her start at the paper on luck and determination. She asked for a job as an advice columnist, but the job was already filled. When she claimed she could do better than the current columnist, Chronicle editor Stanleigh Arnold challenged Phillips to prove herself by rewriting previously published answers. Phillips was a natural, clearly superior, and the rest is history.

Pauline Phillips wrote under the pen name Abigail Van Buren for about 30 years, eventually with the help of her daughter Jeanne Phillips. When Alzheimer’s made continuing impossible, Jeanne Phillips took over the Dear Abby column, including legal ownership of the pen name Abigail Van Buren.

| More

2 Responses to “It’s only work if you’d rather be doing something else”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    *Smiles* Good post…thank you…

    Pauline Phillips must have had a fine mind with sarcasm to spare…love your Dear Henry quote:

    ” Dear Henry: Which are you?”

    LOL…

  2. dear abby column Says:

    […] is this? A: If you took all the by-the-book common sense of Dear Abby and the earnest spiritual …It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else …I have had my finger on the pulse of the nation for more than three decades, and I've concluded that […]

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.