I pretty much thank my parents daily for providing me with a loving environment growing up along with the freedom to think for myself. After all I could have lost the parent lottery and grown up with the fanatics behind this letter to Ann Landers daughter, Margo Howard’s advice column.
Dear Margo: Our daughter started college a year ago, and we’ve noticed during her visits home that she’s not the sweet, innocent girl we sent away for higher learning. We raised her with strong Christian beliefs, but lately she’s saying that she’s joined an atheist club on campus and is questioning everything we taught her. Now my husband refuses to let her in the house and is threatening to turn her in to the FBI. I’ve tried to cure our daughter and reconcile with her, but nothing seems to work. I’ve prayed over her at night while she sleeps, enlisted friends in a phone prayer tree and even spoken to my priest about the possibility of an exorcism. I’m at my wits’ end. How can I recover my daughter and keep her from hell? — God-fearing
Appropriately Ms. Howard basically tells this fanatical mother to chill out and let her adult daughter think for herself for maybe the first time in her life but I am curious as to how long the FBI would have stayed on the phone talking to this girl’s father before they threatened to arrest him for wasting their time?
I must remember to give mom a call tonight and thank her again.