All of my girlfriends seem to be getting engaged. I have been in a relationship for a couple of years and I don’t want to rush anything, but I have to admit I’m a little envious. Do you think that I’m just being jealous, or do you think that the time has come, if all my friends are getting engaged?

Dear Michael,


All of my girlfriends seem to be getting engaged. I have been in a relationship for a couple of years and I don’t want to rush anything, but I have to admit I’m a little envious. Do you think that I’m just being jealous, or do you think that the time has come, if all my friends are getting engaged?


Sincerely,


Green with Envy


 


Dear Miss Envy,


Didn’t your mother ever say, “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump, too?” Why would you want to get married? If it’s because your friends are, then it’s definitely not for the right reasons. You want to get engaged when the time is right. The time being right is based on your relationship with your significant other, not when your girlfriends are doing it. I think you are just where you want to be, anyway. Go do all of the bridal stuff, and then when it is your turn, all your girlfriends will owe you big time. Remember, Mama always said you can’t hurry love.


Love,


Your Diva Michael


 


Dear Michael,


My co-worker and I have been disagreeing about little issues lately. We work together often, and we try to remain amicable, but it’s still a little tense. Do you have any advice for diffusing the situation?


Sincerely,


Fed Up


 


Dear Fed Up,


The only way that I can see is talking through whatever issues you’re having with your co-worker. If it really can’t be resolved, you could take the problem to a higher-up who can help resolve it. I don’t think you should let some small, inconsequential issue come between a good professional relationship, so do whatever you have to, to make the situation better for all involved.


Love,


Your Diva Michael


 


Dear Michael,


My daughter’s senior prom is this year, and she asked me to go dress shopping with her. I bought her a dress last year, and these dresses are really expensive! I was not expecting to buy another for this dance. What do you think I should do?


Sincerely,


Prom-ed Out Mom


 


Dear Mom,


Honey, I’m sorry, but she cannot wear the same dress. The senior prom is the big one, and if you think back to your days in high school, I’m sure you’ll remember that. She absolutely should wear a different dress. That being said, you do not necessarily have to buy a brand-new dress. Try a consignment store, or maybe she can switch dresses with a girlfriend. I know that some places let you rent a dress, which I think is a fabulous way to look great for a big night without the huge price tag.  There are ways to get around the price, but she needs a different dress.


Love,


Your Diva Michael


 


Michael Serode is the owner/operator of Salon Serode in Pembroke, Mass., and your divine advice columnist. Send questions to salonserode@gmail.com.