Suc­cess can be mea­sured in how your kids de­scribe you

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN 360 FOOD - Jeanne Phillips Dear Abby

Dear Abby: My son and his wife just gave us the news that they are ex­pect­ing their first child. They have waited five years for this won­der­ful mile­stone, and I am de­lighted. I know they will be ex­cel­lent par­ents.

I re­mem­ber see­ing a short poem in your col­umn called “Suc­cess.” Could you re­print it? I’d like to clip it and give it to the par­ents-tobe. — Marie in Day­ton, Ohio

Dear Marie: I’m glad to oblige, and I hope your son and daugh­ter-in-law will en­joy it. It was penned by Martin Buxbaum, a noted poet from Mary­land who passed away in 1991. It’s in­cluded in my “Keep­ers” book­let, which is a col­lec­tion of of­ten-re­quested gems that have ap­peared in this col­umn. Be­cause so many read­ers asked for copies of them, they were turned into a book­let. Read on: SUC­CESS You can use any mea­sure When you’re speak­ing of suc­cess.

You can mea­sure it in fancy home, Ex­pen­sive car or dress. But the mea­sure of your real suc­cess

Is the one you can­not spend.

It’s the way your kids de­scribe you

When they’re talk­ing to a friend.

“Keep­ers” cov­ers sub­jects rang­ing from temp­ta­tion to for­give­ness, an­i­mals, chil­dren and hu­man na­ture. It can be or­dered by send­ing your name and mail­ing ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $7 in U.S. funds to: Dear Abby Keep­ers, P.O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054-0447. Ship­ping and han­dling are in­cluded in the price. Filled with down-to-earth nuggets of wis­dom, both witty and philo­soph­i­cal, “Keep­ers” is a quick and easy read, and an in­ex­pen­sive, welcome gift for newly mar­ried cou­ples, pet lovers, new par­ents or any­one re­cov­er­ing from an ill­ness.

Dear Abby: My hus­band wants to be with other women. He has spent the last 12 years ask­ing for a three­some. I love him and don’t want to share him with the world, but he doesn’t love me the same.

We have been to­gether more than 29 years. He says he just wants to have fun. Since I’m not in­ter­ested in swing­ing with him and oth­ers, should I just get a di­vorce? I be­lieve he won’t be com­plete un­til he gets to en­joy his life the way he wants, and I’m tired of hav­ing my feel­ings hurt each time he meets some­one he wants to be with.

I’m a 51-year-old woman who is still very sex­u­ally ac­tive, yet I am not enough for him. I have tried ev­ery­thing. I’m tired. Dear Abby, please help. — Doesn’t Want to Share Him

Dear Doesn’t Want To Share Him: Be­cause your hus­band wants an open mar­riage and you don’t, it ap­pears the two of you have reached an im­passe. Your hus­band craves the one thing no one woman can give him — va­ri­ety. It has noth­ing to do with your not be­ing “enough.” For this rea­son you should con­sult an at­tor­ney about your op­tions. I am truly sorry for your pain.

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