Prudie’s on fire

September 15th, 2009

I have my disagreements with Slate’s “Dear Prudence,” but boy was she on fire in this chat. This was my favorite:

Winchester: Help! My husband and I have no money, and our anniversary is tomorrow. Any fun ideas to celebrate that don’t involve money (or a lot of time to plan?). We also have to work, although we might be able to leave early. We are both out of ideas but feel the pressure to celebrate somehow.

Emily Yoffe: Let’s see, what is it that a happily married couple can do together to celebrate their union that doesn’t cost any money and can be done spontaneously when they get home from work? I’d better try to remember because my 15th anniversary is the day after tomorrow, and we haven’t made any plans either.

Since I do these chats myself (I’ve got one coming up Wednesday, don’t forget!) I had a strong empathetic sense of just how gleeful Ms. Yoffe must have felt when that question came through. There’s nothing like getting the perfect straight line handed to you on a silver platter.


3 Responses to “Prudie’s on fire”

  1. Alyson on September 15, 2009 3:37 pm

    The answer is totally: CLEAN THE HOUSE! No?

  2. Robin on September 15, 2009 4:25 pm

    I thought they could give the dog a bath! Washing a dog is always good for a half an hour of wet and wild fun, at least!

    Of course, there’s also Scrabble.

  3. Amy R. on September 15, 2009 9:06 pm

    I LOVED that she responded to the first woman’s comment about not considering herself a feminist by any means. She doesn’t have to be, but it’s sad that the perception of the word is often still so negative women declare they aren’t one with the same air as they would declare themselves not a kitten killer.

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