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Living through your children

- Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise@Heloise. com. I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column

Today’s Sound Off is about parents who want their children to live out their dreams:

Dear Heloise: My parents are two of the nicest people you could ever meet. They’re hardworkin­g and honest, and I love them both.

My only problem with them is that they seem to want my brother and me to live out some of the things they never got to do. For example, my mother wanted to play the piano but didn’t have the opportunit­y, so she enrolled me in piano classes. I never wanted to play the piano. I’m terrible at it too.

My brother showed a talent for science and biology, so my mother and dad insisted he enroll in pre-med classes. They want him to become a doctor, but his ambition is to work for NASA someday. He plans to drop out of pre-med and focus on science and space travel of the future. They’re NOT happy about that because they think he’ll be looking for little green men on Mars!

They mean well, and I know they think it’s their duty to push their kids into rewarding careers, but parents need to let their kids find their own path in life. You can’t force your dreams on your children. It’s not our duty to live out the dreams and goals you never got to do. And you cannot decide what we dream of doing or who we love. You can offer opportunit­y, but please don’t be angry if we reject the things you want for us. We profit from our mistakes, and we have our own ideas and wants. We won’t love you any less. We proudly carry your DNA, but may decide not to pass it on to another generation. That is our decision and ours alone. —A vid readers of your column in Ohio

FAST FACTS

Some new uses for an old birdcage:

■ Take the little door off and fill the bottom with bird seed for the birds.

■ Hang on a wall and place candles inside.

■ Hang outside with assorted nuts for the squirrels.

■ Place plants inside as a decoration for any room.

UNSTICKING BOWLS

Dear Heloise: How do I unstick a crystal bowl stuck to a painted, unlined kitchen shelf ? It has been in the same place for years. -- Jean S., Long Beach, Calif.

Jean, try heating the bowl with a hair dryer, concentrat­ing on the bottom of the bowl. With a few gentle twists of the bowl, it should come free of the shelf. — Heloise

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