DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I took my new girlfriend to the lake to meet my parents, and my young uncle and aunt (in their 30s) were there. My uncle took a big interest in my girlfriend in her pink bikini. He even took her out in a canoe for two hours alone. My aunt was trying not to notice. When they got back, he followed my girl around the cabin drooling, and said she could get a better summer job at his restaurant. When I took my girlfriend home early, she said I was a "jealous baby." I wasn't imagining things. There will be more invitations to lake and wedding parties as my sister is getting married this summer. Help. -- Weird Uncle Problems, Winnipeg
Dear Weird: She didn't need to go paddling with your ogling uncle in her itsy-bitsy bikini. You should know some girls with voluptuous bodies enjoy the power they wield a little too much. Think hard about how much trouble she's worth at the wedding parties. As for the cabin drama, speak to your most sympathetic parent. Say how uncomfortable and embarrassing it was and how you felt sorry for your aunt. Then watch young uncle drop off this summer's cottage guest list.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: This is a response to Confused Beyond Belief who was asking for advice about life beliefs and religious differences in a relationship. This man could be my ex, except our problem was over having babies. We were highly compatible in many ways, but he left me this winter after eight years, partly because I chose not to have kids. Less than six weeks after he left, he started dating a much younger woman from a very traditional immigrant family. Confused's letter says "I cannot change how I think in a heartbeat" implying he may want to try, to stay with her. My advice? If it causes so much internal conflict and potential long-term pain, the "emotional investment" with a certain woman is not likely to bring happiness to the couple in the end. -- Been There, Watched it Fall Apart, Winnipeg.
Dear Been There: Good news for you! In this new millennium, it's quite easy to find a nice man past 30 who doesn't care about the baby-making aspect. There are an increasing number of men who are career-driven, or already have children with a first wife.