Learning About Life from Ann Landers

Learning About Life from Ann Landers

As a child, every breakfast was spent reading only a select few portions of the daily newspaper.  The comics, of course, as every child should read, but also Ann Landers.  Ann Landers taught me so much about how to deal with the everyday details in life that no one really talks about.  From tactfully declining an invitation to restoring a damaged friendship, Ann Landers offered something vital in every column.

During my day, and many of yours, I would imagine, Ann Landers was written by Esther Lederer, who took over writing the column in 1955, and remained the writer until her death in 2002.  That year was a sad year for those of us who grew up looking forward to the wisdom she had to impart, and at her request, no replacement was made.  The column that so many of us turned to for advice died with her, and what a great loss for the world.

Now, you may think what she wrote wasn’t that important, but for some of us, she was the big sister we always wanted but never had.  When no one else was there, Ann Landers taught me how to handle some of those tricky situations I had no clue how to deal with.

Others have tried to take her place, but for me, there will never be another Ann Landers.  Though you have been gone for years now, I want to say thank you, Ann Landers.  You were a big part of my early life and I appreciate all you did for people.