Dear Mary Pat,
I keep asking my parents for a cat but they say my sister has an allergy. I’m not sure if they are being honest or they just don’t want a cat. It doesn’t seem fair. Can’t my sister just take medicine or something?
Egg Harbor, Wis.
Dear Younger Brother,
I don’t think your parents need to come up with an excuse; they would just say no. I’ll give you the same advice my parents always shared with me: life isn’t always fair.
Allergies can be miserable, even with medicine. I’m sure you really want a cat, but I’m sure deep down you don’t really want your sister to suffer.
When you are older and live on your own, you can get a cat then. In the meantime, maybe you can see about volunteering at the local Humane Society so you can spend time with some cats.