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.