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Dear Abby | Dream of joining Marine Corps is shot down by mom and wife

Dear Abby: I’m originally from El Salvador. I have been living in the U.S. for five years, have been studying English for four years and I have my GED.

I want to join the U.S. Marine Corps because it is my dream. I want to do it because I think that service to this country is the best thing I can do. I want to protect this country, and I want my family to be proud of me.

Here is the problem: My mom and my wife don’t want me to do it because they say it is dangerous. I love them both, but I want to achieve my dream. What should I do? – Dreaming in Houston

Dear Dreaming: I appreciate the concern your mother and your wife feel for your safety. Because they love you, of course they worry. However, the person who must live your life is you. If joining the United States Marine Corps is your dream, then following your dream is what you should do. Now is the time to have a heart-to-heart talk with your wife because this decision will have an impact on her life as well as yours.

Dear Abby: I raised my children to be respectful, responsible adults who are career- and family-oriented. Both are college graduates, married and successful.

My eldest daughter recently announced that she has been “going through something” and surprised us with a tattoo on her shoulder sporting her children’s names on a colorful, rather large background. I was shocked because she works at a large banking firm and was recently promoted as a senior financial investor. I’m now afraid it will impede her career advancement, and also concerned it will encourage her two young daughters to get tattoos.

I did not comment about hers. She has known how her dad and I have felt about this since she was a young child.

Am I overreacting? What does a mother say about something so permanent? I no longer feel I know this person I thought was “conservative.” – Disappointed in North Carolina

Dear Disappointed: Yes, you are overreacting. This is not a referendum on your parenting or your daughter’s character. In a situation like this, a mother should ask her daughter what “things” she has been going through, and what that tattoo means to her. The mother should also recognize that her daughter is an adult now, and her choice to apply body art is just that – a choice. Then she should listen carefully to what her daughter has to say, so that, if necessary, she can be supportive.

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