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by Abigail Van Buren

Balloons Make Good Decorations but Shouldn't Be Used as Toys

DEAR ABBY: About 40 years ago, I wrote you a letter in fun saying, "My boyfriend, Bill, bought me an electric blanket with dual controls for Christmas ... what do you think he had in mind?"

You returned my letter on which you had written in red ink: "Marriage, I hope!"

Well, Bill and I were married that March and had 37 happy years together before I lost him in 1995 on St. Valentine's Day. I thought it would please you to know that he carried that letter in his billfold all those years.

Thanks for the memories. -- MARIE WILLIAMS, LEBANON, MO.

DEAR MARIE: And thank you for sharing them.