'HOW TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING CAKE & EAT IT TOO' hits the streets … followed by 'STEP-MUMS, STEP-DADS & BLENDED FAMILIES' and a mag which proves to be one of our all-time winners with a double-feature: 'HOW TO ENJOY YOUR WILD CHILD' plus 'I WISH YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO DIE, DADDY!'
Then comes this UPDATE news from the Editor:
“I spoke recently at this café-style function, and a woman named Heather came up to me afterwards. ‘Many years ago,’ she told me, ‘my 16-year-old son decided life was not worth living. He was determined to kill himself.’ He attempted suicide twice, but was intercepted on both occasions – just in time! ‘But one day,’ she said, ‘the school rang me to say that my son had not turned up!’
“Heather panicked and rushed home, half-expecting the worst, but the boy was not there. Turns out, his bike had broken down, and he’d arrived at school late. Somehow, the troubled teenager ended up with the school counsellor – who gave him the copy of Grapevine that was sitting on his desk. Can you guess what the cover story was? 'TEENAGE SUICIDE: A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO A TEMPORARY PROBLEM'.
“‘He read and reread that magazine – from cover to cover,’ said Heather. ‘And I have waited 14 years to thank you and Grapevine for saving my son!’ That one issue of Grapevine turned her boy around. He chose instead to live, got himself sorted out, and was now a successful businessman – happily married, and about to have his first child. I was blown away! I mean, what an encouragement! And let’s face it – Heather and her family could be YOUR neighbours, or mine …”