February 13, 2011 in Features

The Slice: Prescription for dads, daughters

By The Spokesman-Review
 

My doctor is working on a book.

One theme is his heartfelt belief that far too many fathers fail to appreciate just how vitally important they are to their daughters, especially as the girls navigate their teen years and beyond. The girls’ relationship with their mother isn’t the only one that matters, he said.

He’s certainly no dope. But he says he failed to fully appreciate this for a long time.

Prediction: People who are capable of listening and comprehending have always been prized. But they are going to be truly lionized in the future. “You wouldn’t believe his/her attention span” will be a compliment that trumps almost everything.

Three things that all but force you to eavesdrop: 1. Restaurant workers describing revenge strategies for dealing with abusive customers. 2. A woman talking about how promiscuous her sister was when they were younger. 3. A parent talking about snooping on his/her kid’s online life.

Another place where people feel obliged to share the fact that they are headed for the restroom: Cab drivers parked in line at Spokane International Airport have a hand signal that more or less means, as the Terminator once put it, “I’ll be back.”

Perhaps it is unseemly to root for a divorce: But here’s a happy thought: Sometimes nightmare neighbors aren’t just inconsiderate of virtual strangers. Often they also make life miserable for the people they live with. And that can produce family schisms that eventually lead to the neighborhood’s problems packing up and moving away.

Slice answer: “Absolutely,” said Curt Olsen, in response to the question about whether spring training could have value in real life, not just in baseball. “We could get in some tanning, practice our casting, get the boat out of winter storage and do all things necessary for going to the lake.”

Today’s Slice question: How hilariously bad are you at recognizing friends and acquaintances outside the usual setting or activity context?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail pault@spokesman.com. The Slice heard about a local woman whose Great Dane ripped the cover off a library book on dog training.


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