Dear Abby: I am a 12-year-old girl, and my grandpa is 75. I love him very much, but I have noticed lately that he stares at womenís breasts when they are jogging, and he smiles when a gust of wind blows a girlís skirt up. This embarrasses me, and I am embarrassed for him. He must have realized it by now.
Is my grandpa a creepy, dirty old man? I hope itís not true. Please answer this in the newspaper because I donít want my family to see it.
Carrie in Cleveland
Dear Carrie: Iím sorry, but the fact that your grandfather would be so unsubtle as to act this way when youíre with him IS creepy, and Iím sure it is embarrassing. Tell your parents about it so your mother or father can tell him to tone down his ďenthusiasm.Ē And if it doesnít happen, spend less time with Grandpa.
Dear Abby: My fiancee, ďCaitlyn,Ē and I are in our 40s and have been living together for a year. My family has invited us to go on a cruise for New Yearís, all expenses paid. Because Caitlyn canít get time off from her job at the hospital, she doesnít want me to go, either.
Also, in the fall I will be traveling to Europe with my dad to visit relatives. (Heís 80.) These trips donít happen all the time; itís an unusual year.
Should I refuse the cruise and miss out on being with my extended family to stay home with her while she works? I think Caitlynís being selfish to expect me to. We spend all our free time together. We have been to Las Vegas and on a cruise recently. Please advise.
Held Back in Ohio
Dear Held Back: You and Caitlyn are adults in your 40s. At that age, Caitlyn should be independent enough to tell you to go and have a good time with your family. And you should be mature enough to discuss this with her without involving me.
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