by Abigail Van Bnren—«- Classroom Parties All Right, If- DEAR ABBY: Mrs. Smith proudly writes that she has solved her children's birthday problems by taking ice cream and cake to school and treating the whole class. "The teacher," she says, "cooperates, and there is no Fuss, no muss, and no frayed nerves." For whom? Perhaps not for the mother. But, I am a teacher, and if a mother came to me with such a suggestion I would quickly tell her that I am paid to teach, not to give parties. Furthermore, multiply this scene by 30 or 35, and considerable teaching time is lost. When I first began to teach .(and taught in a school that allowed it), I "cooperated" with one of those "no-fuss ,no- muss" mothers who brought the birthday party to school. Games were played and the excitement ran high. The mother sat in the back wringing her hands while I tried my best to control the over- stimulated youngsters. Two children up-chucked their hastily gulped refreshments all over the floor. (No fuss, no muss, aye?) Abby, please tell mothers to give their children's birthday parties at home. Thank you. PAID TO TEACH DEAR PAID: Hundreds of teachers share your views and wrote to tell me so. The only teachers who had a kind word to say about the classroom parties were kin- rdergaricn leacliers. And they qualified their enthusiasm with, "IF the mother tidies up the room and leaves it as she found it." DEAR ABBY: The woman who complained about her husband going to stag parties reminds me of this story: Two men were in the barber shop getting haircuts. The barber finished with the first and asked, "Would you like a little hair tonic?" The man replied, "0, no, my wife might think I've been in a house of ill repute!" About that time, the second man was finished and the barber asked him if he wanted some hair tonic. He replied, "Yes, please. MY wife has never been in a"house of ill repute." The point of my story is this: How does a complaining woman know so much? I have never seen a naked woman at a stag party, but I have seen some strippers come pretty close to it in some public bars where women sat in the front rows. Also, I understand that some women are not averse to going places where they are served by top- less waitresses, so what ar« they complaining about? ANN ARBOR, MICH. DEAR ABBY: I have a message for the wife who signed herself "IGNORED." , . You are not alone. My hus- band eats his dinner like he is a fugitive from a good meal, then he rushes to the TV set without a word, and leaves me sitting alone at the table. In the morning he eats his breakfast with his head buried in the newspaper, then Rythevifle (Arlt.) Courier News — Tuesday, December 20, 1967- Page Thr» dashes out of the house. I keep flexing my tongue to give it some exercise so it doesn't go into a state of paralysis. Take Abby's advice and condition yourself to the silent life. Some men never change. SAN DIEGO Problems? 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