I'm a single mom with 7 kids...before their father left- he was became extremely abusive after he had been quite ill... So, I just got a call from my 14 year old son's teacher with the brilliant statement, "he needs a father"....No duh! Or the brilliance of the person I called for help when my 17 year old daughter ran away while she was extremely depressed, my husband had been gone a year, "you will have to deal with these things alone"... great - in other words - don't call me! What about the preschool teacher who asks my 4 year old how she honors her Father... my 4-year old answered with "my Daddy was mean so he isn't at home anymore but I honor my Mommy" and they told her to not say such "horrible" things... The friend who asks me " why do you think you can do this alone - you aren't a man"...no I'm not, no gender confusion here but I'm safer with the man who was here gone! Or the one who wants me to date a complete jerk just because he has money with the statement, "you aren't getting any younger"...Boy if I could figure out how to get younger rather than older then I wouldn't have money problems! And the one my doctor said just before my husband was hospitalized "he is sick" followed closely with "he is dying and we don't know why"... OK so I've blown off some steam - feel better... Anyone else have any brilliant statements from well-meaning friends?