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Posted by Meredith Goldstein  February 17, 2014 08:28 AM

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The winner of the 2014 Romance Rumble is (drum roll) me! And by me, I mean one of my picks, "Serendipity," which took the prize for best guilty pleasure.

Film critic Ty Burr and I will screen the film March 5 at Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel. We'll also tell you some fun things about the movie. I'll post a sign-up page for the event on Wednesday. Please join us. There will be cupcakes.

As for today ...

You might remember that in December, I asked Love Letters readers to submit questions that could be answered by the young people at 826 Boston, a non-profit writing and tutoring center in Roxbury. I picked two of your questions and let the kids be advice columnists for an afternoon. Today, for the holiday, I'm running their answers. They did a fantastic job in a short amount of time (and a few of them chose funny pen names). Please think about your comments -- they'll be reading.

Q: I think it's really easy to text rather than call my friends. But some of my friends and family return my text with a call. I find that really annoying, because when they call, I might not be able to talk. What's the difference between texting and talking, anyway, and am I allowed to tell them I'd rather text than talk, or tell them that "now isn’t a good time" when they call?

Signed,

Too Many Phone Calls

Dear Too Many Phone Calls,

I think it is easier to call because when you text it goes back and forth. When you call you can say what you want and finish. Therefore, I think calling is better.

-- Wahaaj Or
Doc (10)

Dear Too Many Phone Calls,

I advise you to pick up the phone when you are able to, but if you cannot answer the phone then you could just text them say, "I'm busy right now," or, "Hey, can I call you in like an hour so?" You are not being rude.

Sincerely,
Understanding Person, 16

Dear Too Many Phone Calls,

You can text them that you can't talk. Also, you could tell the person that you prefer to text. In some cases the person, i.e. parents, don't understand texting and the way it works. You could turn your phone silent.

Signed,
Johanna, 16

Dear Too Many Calls,
You should choose texts and ignore calls. It is up to you.
Maryanna, 7


Q: My baby brother is always in the way. He ruins my crayons, breaks my dolls, and changes the channel when I am watching TV. My mom always lets him get his way because he is the baby. How can I stop him from bothering me?

Sincerely,
Michelle

Dear Michelle,
You should ask your mom for your own lock on your door so he can stay out of your room.

Sincerely, Lebron James (11)
Heat All Day Son

Dear Michelle,

I think you should close the door so he cannot get in.

Maryanna, 7

Dear Michelle,

What I think you should do, Michelle, is just let him use them. Eventually, he'll get bored and stop playing with your toys. Little kids just want someone to play with and annoy. If you just ignore him, he'll stop.

Sincerely,
Samsam Ismail (10)

Dear Michelle,

You should bribe him with something big and tell him to stop. And for your mom, tell her that you need space.

Love:
Kiara Michelle Gomez (10 ½)

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