DEAR ABBY: Every year after graduation, thousands of young adults begin new jobs and move into homes of their own. Although this is an exciting time for them, it also can be a difficult one as they struggle to furnish their new living quarters. Most are reduced to begging from relatives, "making do" with castoffs, or doing without.
Since people marry later now, bridal showers often are given for older persons who have good jobs and who already have acquired everything they need. Some couples even purchase and furnish homes and live together for months or years before they say "I do."
Young, never-employed brides who migrate straight from parents to husbands (the ones for whom bridal showers were designed) are rare today.
Isn't it time to add a new twist to the old tradition and give "starter" showers for single men and women who are setting up housekeeping for the first time? "Starting over" showers would benefit people who have lost everything in disasters, as well as people who have recently divorced.
What do you think, Abby? -- MARILYN SWARTZ, TACOMA, WASH.
DEAR MARILYN: When I first heard about showers for singles several years ago, I thought, "Here's an idea whose time has come!" It's a great idea -- for all the reasons you stated.