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Do you have a pressing problem, annoying anxiety or community conundrum? Jasminda Featherlight, our resident roving Agony Aunt, is here to help. Jasminda will be responding to questions from our News Of The Area papers on a rotating basis. Send your concerns to Jasminda care of [email protected] and include your title, initials and suburb.

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Dear Jasminda,
My daughter’s boyfriend bought her a skydiving voucher for Christmas. I don’t actually want her to go skydiving as I think it is dangerous. He can’t get a refund. What should I do?
Mrs KM, Anna Bay

Dear Jasminda,
My daughter’s boyfriend bought her a skydiving voucher for Christmas. I don’t actually want her to go skydiving as I think it is dangerous. He can’t get a refund. What should I do?
Mrs KM, Anna Bay

Dear Mrs KM,
Ah, young love. Isn’t it grand. Love makes you giddy. Love leads you make Internet transactions that aren’t refundable. Love makes you forget to read the small print. It seems this gallant suitor wants to sweep your daughter off her feet, make her head over heels, lift her to the highest heights, raise her up, up, up in a small plane to 15,000 feet and then let her freefall at over 200km an hour, which is the ultimate fate of most young love.
You’ve got to give him kudos for trying, Mrs KM. I mean he could have taken the soft option and bought her a vanilla-scented candle, or a matching tattoo, or perhaps some inappropriate underwear, but no, this young man has saved for weeks in order to offer your daughter an adrenalin-charged, unforgettable experience. Never again will her heart race as it has with him (well, actually, not with him, with the instructor she’s strapped to, somewhat defeating the purpose).
But still, he’s gone the extra mile, and that deserves credit. If it makes you feel better, statistically, she is far safer jumping out of a plane than driving along Nelson Bay Road. Even better, she is far more likely to be proposed to in a hot-air balloon than a skydive.
Just tell her to make sure he jumps first, then there’s still time to chicken out if she gets cold feet.

Carpe diem, Jasminda.

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