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by Abigail Van Buren

Daughter Who Quit Smoking Gave Dad Best Possible Gift

DEAR ABBY: Let me tell you about the best Father's Day gift I ever received:

In 1987, my daughter, "Joan," who was 27 years old at the time, told me that she was having a difficult time selecting a Father's Day gift. She said she wanted to give me something special, but felt that I had everything. So she asked me what I wanted.

I told her that she had something in her power that was very special -- it was something that only she could give me.

I said, "If you will quit smoking for Father's Day, it would be the greatest gift you could ever give me. I would cherish this gift and celebrate it every Father's Day for the rest of my life."

Well, she quit smoking as a special gift to me, and now I not only have a daughter who can expect greatly improved health, but last year, she presented me with a beautiful, healthy grandson who also will enjoy a smoke-free environment. -- DICK BLANKENSHIP, LONG BEACH, CALIF.

DEAR MR. BLANKENSHIP: Your daughter not only gave you a gift, she also gave your entire family a gift.