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by Abigail Van Buren

Mom Worries About Single Daughter

DEAR ABBY: My 31-year-old daughter, "Layla," is beautiful, accomplished and earns a good living. She has a lot of friends and always has a boyfriend. She has had both long-term and short-term relationships.

Layla isn't married and hopes to meet the right person. I'm very anxious about it, but this is her life and her choice. People constantly ask, "How's your daughter? Is she seeing anyone?" And when I meet someone for the first time who asks about my children, the second question they ask is, "Is she married?" (They don't ask that about my son.)

This is painful for me. What should I say in response to this omnipresent question? -- LAYLA'S MOM

DEAR MOM: All you have to do is smile and say: "My daughter is single, loves her job and is quite successful. Now tell me about your children."

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