Dolores dice...Rock the Cradle of Love

Dear Dolores:

My boyfriend just broke up with me because of our age difference; he didn’t want people to think he was robbing the cradle. I’m 17 and he’s 35. But now he tells me that if we get back together I have to change the way I dress and stop plucking my eyebrows, wearing makeup and going out with my amigas. I don’t know what to do because I love him very much.

—Confundida in Houston

Dear Confundida:

Your boyfriend may not want to be seen as robbing the cradle, but it sounds like he wants to rob you of your youth. Why would you want to stay home in a muumuu, sporting pale lips, blushless cheeks and hairy, Frida Khalo eyebrows while your amigas are out having a ball looking fabulosas? ¿Estás loca o qué? I get many letters from teenagers who get into exclusive relationships too early and then, several years and children later, feel that life has passed them by. Don’t let this happen to you, Tonta—I mean it. You’ll never be 17 again. Enjoy your age, study hard and prepare well to be a phenomenal, self-confident mujer in the future.

—Grab that lipstick and go out into the world, D