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Dear Chat Daddy,
I am an 18-year-old woman who will be a freshman in college this coming fall. I’ve always excelled in my studies and made my parents extremely proud. This will be my first time being away from home and I am really worried about it.

Dear Chat Daddy, I am an 18-year-old woman who will be a freshman in college this coming fall. I’ve always excelled in my studies and made my parents extremely proud. This will be my first time being away from home, and I am really worried about it. But the bigger issue is that I want to pursue a career in fine arts and major in dance and minor in film production, however, my parents are not hearing it. They feel as if it is not a great and stable future in that, and it would only be a waste of their money and my time. So, as a result, they have advised me to take up business with a focus in marketing. What should I do? -Following My Parents’ Dream Or Just Do Me?

Dear Following My Parents’ Dream Or Just Do Me?, First of all, congratulations on getting through your high school years successfully and being accepted into college. There is a great saying: To thy own self be true. And that, my darling, is what you definitely have to do. Honor and thank your parents for all of their hard work and efforts. But you should have another sit down with your parents and really explain to them how you truly feel. Simply tell them that you know that they want the best for you, however, your happiness is what you are striving for. Reassure them that they will bask in all of your success in the pursuit of your dream. Yes, they are paying for your education, but they are making an investment in your future and overall positive well-being. Here’s to you living your true destiny and continuously making your parents gleam with pride in the process!

Dear Chat Daddy, My cousin has recently been going through some financial difficulty and one day asked to borrow $500 from me. She only contacts me when she needs something. But I love her and wanted to help anyway. Plus, she promised to pay me back within a month. It has now been two months, and I still haven’t received my money and every time I call her, I get the runaround or voice mail. I just found out that she just came back from a vacation in Las Vegas. What should I do? -You Better Have My Money

Dear You Better Have My Money, Come on now, you know as well as I do that you are being played. First of all, what would possess you to loan her that kind of money if you suspect that she only deals with you only when she wants something? It seems to be that your cousin may have issues with dealing with money properly. I would suggest that you try having a serious talk with her about this and if she still doesn’t comply, then yes, you should definitely take her to court–plain and simple. Take this as a lesson learned, sweetheart, and don’t give yourself too easily just to please others–relatives or not. Be encouraged.

Art “Chat Daddy” Sims can be reached at chatdaddy@chicagodefender.com.

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