All Babies Are Precious

Dear Rocco,
Our baby is due next month, and we know that is will be a Down’s baby. We have been preparing for her for the past month, we have mourned the baby we aren’t getting, and we are waiting for her arrival. Our immediate family knows, of course, but how do we prepare friends and acquaintances?

Dear LS,
You are a horrible human being for what you are asking. You are bringing a precious life into this world. So what if she has Down’s? You know how many people out there can’t have children and you’re mourning because it isn’t perfect. That child is perfect in the Lord’s eyes – too band not yours you undeserving bitch. Yes a child with Down’s will take a little getting used to but many live very productive lives especially if their parents love and support them. I have friends who are parents of a child with Down’s and as a whole they are better adjusted and appreciate life and those in their life than the many spoiled brats roaming the earth now. Every moment is special and you should embrace her differences, not mourn them.

Dear Rocco,
I am 13 years old. I have a wonderful step dad who has taken care of me since I was born. He and I don’t really ever talk except when I ask him to go somewhere or when I want something. That’s the only time I ever hug him too. What should I do so I can be closer to him?

Dear EG,
Talk to him. Ask him for advice. Show him the stuff you are interested in when you see him. In the old days the relationship you are describing was most of ours with our dads. Our dads went off to work and made sure we had a safe home, a food on the table and so on and so forth. While they did not outwardly say to our face they loved us they proved they loved us by making sure we were safe, happy (as we wanted to be) and had out back if anything went down. Mom was always there when we got home from school, fixed us a snack and took care of us until dad came home for dinner. Yeah, I realize I’m describing a “Leave It to Beaver” scenario, what I’m saying is your dad loves you and quite frankly doesn’t know how to say it perhaps. This is your way to get him to open up by sharing your life with him when he gets home and/or weekends or whatever days he has off that the two of you can spend quality time. Or do the obvious ask him what you asked me advice about. Always go to the source to answer your questions.

Dear Rocco,
I have a question regarding men’s hairstyles. I am balding and decided four years ago to shave my head completely bald for a cleaner look. I received a lot of positive attention from women at the time. However, over the last year or so I have noticed more men with longer hair and women paying less attention to bald-headed men. Are bald-headed men out and longhaired guys in?

Dear BE,
There is no set answer for this. A lot of the guys sporting the shaved look now once had Fabio hair. Most men’s hair follicles don’t age as gracefully as the rest of them. There is no set “in” style. All women have certain “types” they like just like men. There is a woman for every kind of man. Look at all the odd couples out there. If you’re not a jerk, shower regularly; hold a steady job and not a total pervert you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Dear Rocco,
There was a terrible crime in our community last year and it is now coming to trial. I cannot believe that people can treat each other so inhumanly. It seems as though more people, especially young and troubled kids, are lashing out against anyone or anything they can catch at a disadvantage: children or animals, religious icons or racial differences. Why are these kids doing this?

Dear PB,
Welcome to the modern world. Once our government allowed an all out attack on the family and religion as a whole, things have fallen to all time lows and it looks as if there is no end in sight. I worry about the world. Climate change does not bother me it’s the morals and actions of those that inhabit this great land of ours. There’s lack of personal responsibility and the belief that someone else will take care of it instead of being responsible for ones actions. If things don’t change you will see this wonderful world come to an end. Ask yourself when that happens where will you go? And will you be honestly happy with that? Sleep tight.

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