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Dear Abby: I'm 15 and I really like this boy, but I can't find the courage to ask him out. I'm pretty sure he likes me, too, because whenever we're together he holds my hand or puts his arms around me. He has a great smile and personality.

We have many things in common, such as we both play an instrument, we make each other laugh and we're both close with our families. What I don't understand is why he hasn't made a move yet to ask me out.

- Needs Love Help



Dear Needs Love Help: I can think of a few reasons, and none of them have anything to do with how much he likes you. He may not be able to afford to ask you out, he may feel shy, he may not feel ready to date, or his parents may prefer that he concentrate on something other than romance.

Some teens get around this by socializing in groups, so instead of asking him "out," consider asking if he'd like to join you and a group of your friends sometime.

Wedding woes

Dear Abby: My wife and I were invited to my brother's wedding, and we accepted. Later, my brother asked me to be a groomsman. My wife is upset because I didn't ask her if she minded that I'll be in the wedding and I will walk down the aisle with one of the bridesmaids. She feels that my walking with another woman is a "date" and disrespectful to her. Is it proper wedding etiquette to accept an invitation to be in a wedding if you are married?

- Groomsman in the South



Dear Groomsman: It is very common for the brother of the groom to be in his wedding party - and marital status has nothing to do with it. Escorting an assigned bridesmaid to and from the altar is NOT a "date," nor is it disrespectful to your wife, who may really be upset because she wasn't also asked to be part of the wedding party.





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