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by Abigail Van Buren

Woman Puts Her Life on Hold Waiting for Man to Leave Wife

DEAR ABBY: The letter in your column about donating used wedding dresses to the local little theater prompts this letter.

My sister-in-law, Mary, thought of a unique way to recycle her wedding dress. When her twin daughters made their first communion, Mary used it to make a dress for each girl.

Later, one of my nieces had her first communion dress made into a christening dress for her children. -- ARDELL NADESAN, BEMIDJI, MINN.

DEAR ARDELL: That's a clever idea for anyone who has a talent for sewing -- convert the gown into a family heirloom.