One can always count on ‘Dear Abby’ for a sympathetic ear and compassionate advice. That was exactly what a couple from Tampa were expecting when they wrote to her complaining about their gay neighbors. But that’s definitely not what was in store for them.
The blatantly homophobic couple had recently moved to Tampa, Florida and was at a loss as how to deal with their openly gay neighbors- people who had come forward to welcome them into the community.
They could not bring themselves to reciprocate the friendship as they didn’t “approve of their lifestyle choices" and didn’t want to compromise their values.
Their complaint didn’t end there. They were upset that they were being excluded from the social circle.
Abby, without keeping her feelings in check let them have it in the best way possible. To put it simply, she ripped them apart.
"I find it interesting that you are unwilling to reciprocate the hospitality of people who welcomed you and opened their homes to you, and yet you complain because you are receiving similar treatment," she wrote.
Adding, “From where I sit, you may have chosen the wrong place to live because it appears you would be happier in a less integrated neighborhood surrounded by people who think the way you do. But if you interact only with people like yourselves, you will have missed a chance for growth, which is what you have been offered here. Please don't blow it.”
Well, short of telling them to relocate, Abby did her job well and won our hearts.
After all, the lady behind the pen, or keys in this case, is none other than Jeanne Phillips, daughter of compassionate yet straightforward, Pauline Phillips, also known as Jeanne took over the column ‘Dear Abby’ from her mother after her death last year.