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A single mother of a teenage daughter was reading Dear Abby one day when she came across a letter signed "Concerned Aunt in Texas." This woman wrote in because her six-year-old niece liked to go up to strange shirtless men on hot to severely hot days, and poke them in their belly buttons. The woman was distraught because her sister, the girl's mother, actually encouraged this behaviour, and passed it off as "cute."

This angered the single mother, and she wrote to Dear Abby, teling exactly what "Concerned" should do. When she finished, she called for her daughter to proofread it for any mistakes.

When the daughter was proofreading, she pointed something out, and told her mother, "You've got something taboo in the first paragraph, Mom. They won't take it like that!"

"Nonsense," said the mother. "Are there any spelling, capitalization, or mechanical errors?" The daughter shook her head, and the mother took the letter back, put it in an envelope, stamped it and mailed it.

Four weeks passed, and the mother finally saw her letter in Dear Abby, but she was shocked when she actually read it. Instead of what she originally wrote, she read in the first paragraph, "That woman should tell her sister to curb her daughter's behaviour now." Frustrated, she called for her daughter and told her to read it.

"I don't understand," the mother complained. "I wrote down exactly what I thought should be done, and they had the audacity to change it. I thought that my idea was appropriate!"

When the daughter finished, she said to her mother, "I wanted to tell you, Mom - they're not allowed to print things like, 'tell her sister to whoop her daughter's ass.'"



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The following comments are for "Censoring Dear Abby"
by davewriter

Too funny...
I am still laughing. How cute, and you told the story so well. Thanks!

Sharon

( Posted by: sharonkv777 [Member] On: April 3, 2004 )

Reads like an e-mail
I fear your story will plague inboxes nationwide...

( Posted by: K-Bach [Member] On: June 13, 2004 )





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