DEAR ABBY: My grandson, Greg, now 21 years old, developed fluid on the brain at the age of 14. Since that time, he's had several operations. Last April, while Greg was at the hospital recovering from the last operation, he took a turn for the worse during the night. I was called and told that his condition was critical.
My friend Barbara offered to drive me to the hospital. En route, her car broke down on the highway. Fortunately, she had a "Call Police" banner in the glove compartment of her car. No more than five minutes passed from the time we displayed the banner until a state trooper arrived!What a happy coincidence: Last October, I read about those "Call Police" banners in your column and sent for 50 of them to give to friends and relatives as Christmas gifts. Barbara's "Call Police" banner had been a gift from me! Little did I know that I'd be the one to benefit from it. The trooper told us that numerous cars have telephones these days, which explains why the response to the banner was so immediate.
Greg's operation was successful, thank God, and he graduated from Boston College on May 21, 1990. Thanks again, Abby. - DEBORAH J. TOCCO, READING, MASS.
DEAR DEBORAH: Thank you for sharing your experience with me so that I can remind others to order "Call Police" banners.
To order, write to: W.C.I.L. Banners, P.O. Box 66955, Los Angeles, CA 90066. The cost, which includes postage and handling, is $4 for one banner or $7 for two (for windshield and rear window). Make your check or money order (U.S. funds only, please) payable to: WCIL BANNERS. The Westside Center for Independent Living exists to help physically disabled people live independently.
DEAR ABBY: I am the father of a beautiful 2-year-old daughter. I enjoy taking her out for breakfast once a week for some special "one-on-one" time with her daddy. The problem arises (inevitably) when one of us has to go to the rest room.
I wouldn't think of leaving her alone at the table when I go, not in this day and age when there are nuts who would grab a child in a minute. But, with her at age 2, I'm not sure it's cool to take her into the men's room with me, either.
When she has to go "potty," I am unsure of which rest room she belongs in. (Believe me, Abby, I have had some strange looks from women entering the rest room as I am leaving it with my little girl in tow.)
So, on behalf of all of us fathers, I am asking you: What is the safest and most proper way to deal with this problem? - SEATTLE FATHER
DEAR SEATTLE FATHER: Little boys are routinely taken into ladies' rooms by their mothers, so why shouldn't little girls be taken into men's rooms by their fathers? (Better a small girl in a men's room than a grown man in a ladies' room!)
Obviously, if there is a stall with a door in the men's rest room, that is the one you should choose.
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