It's good to keep the local paper in the basket of reading material in the bathroom.
I'm sorry? You don't have a basket with two books, five magazines, two newspapers, and four charity or health newsletters in your bathroom?
Anyway. You get to read things you don't otherwise. Like Dear Abby. The letter was from a woman with two small children, married seven years, who no longer had the same feelings for her husband and had an ex-fiance show up, with whom she had already slept with once.
I won't comment on her and what any decent sensible person might say to her - it's fun, and even though it's obvious and easy I want to give my readers first shot. What surprised me was Abby's answer. She encouraged the woman to contemplate, or even find out, whether this old flame was even interested in marrying her and supporting her and the children.
I cannot imagine that being the answer fifty years ago. In the 1960's Abby would have asked questions similar to the ones that my readers are surely coming up with now. I wish I could believe that this was tactical, that the intent was to find the right note to strike to talk her out of it, but I am certain that isn't true.