Dear Readers: May 25 has been named National Missing Children’s Day. Its purpose is to bring attention to missing and abducted children.
After a large number of kids went missing, particularly in the early 1980s, it became evident that there was no centralized clearinghouse to search for kids nationwide. With help from the FBI (fbi.gov) and the U.S. Department of Justice (justice.gov), this situation has gotten better.
These agencies agree: One step parents can take to help find a missing child is to have a current, good-quality photograph of the child. And update the picture frequently; young kids grow and change rapidly.
A poignant statement you and your family can make today: Wear only one sock, and post a picture to your social media. Use the hashtag #RockOneSock, and tag @MissingKids! (“SOCK” stands for “Save Our Country’s Kids”), a great way to start a dialogue about this important issue. You can also go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (missingkids.org).
Dear Readers: Meet Fuzzy. Joanne G. emailed a picture of her little white longhair terrier Fuzzy, all dressed up for Cinco de Mayo, complete with a sombrero!
Dear Readers: School is almost out! The kids are ready for a break, and you’re probably ready, too! Here are some hints to prep you for leaving on vacation:
● Provide your flight info to your extended family.
● If you’re driving, service your car (wipers, breaks, lights). Refresh the first-aid kit: flashlight, jumper cables, trash bags, etc.
● Arrange for a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail and water your plants. Temporarily stop the newspaper. Set timers on your lights.
Taking some prep steps in advance will ensure a stress-free time for all!
Dear Heloise: Facial blotting tissues are expensive, but it's easy to make them at home. I purchase a package of good-quality white wrapping tissue and cut it into five-inch squares.
I keep several in a zippered bag in my purse for a quick shine-absorbing blot on the go, and I store the rest in my bathroom. I use the shiny side; it's more absorbent.
Sharon in the Midwest
Dear Heloise: My "pet" peeve is people driving with a pooch on their lap or hanging out the driver's side window. That is dangerous for the driver, other drivers AND the dog! Animals are unpredictable and get excited easily.
Bev, via email
Bev: I agree completely. If the air bag were to deploy, disaster would ensue. The dog should ride in the back seat on the floor in a carrier, or on the seat in a special doggy seat belt.
Dear Heloise: Do you have a ripe avocado but you're not ready to eat it?
Place it in the refrigerator. Avocados can stay ripe for several days without browning in the refrigerator.
Marcie in Andover, Conn.
Photo caption: Meet Fuzzy. Joanne G. emailed this picture of her little white longhair terrier Fuzzy, all dressed up for Cinco de Mayo, complete with a sombrero!