My grandmother won’t stop asking when my husband and I plan to have children. We’re honestly not sure if we even want kids at all. What should I do? —Irked in Lexington
Telling off grandma is not advice you’ll likely see from me. Instead of taking it as an invasion of your privacy, look at her questioning as a sign of her approval of your marriage and her enthusiasm for growing the family. But be honest. Share with her your hesitations about starting a family. Look at this as a way to grow closer to your grandmother and change this problem into an opportunity.
Other People’s Garbage
My partner and I just moved into our first house, and our next-door neighbor put a perfectly good dining table out on trash day. We were hesitant to snatch it up — what if they came over for a visit and found their old table in our dining room?
—Shameless in Plano
Rescuing anything from the fate of a landfill is a valiant move. Sometimes you’ll see a “curb alert” on Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist to let others know it’s up for grabs. But absent a clear invitation, it’s always a good idea to ask first before hauling something off.
The Manners Guy is a former bartender who knows his way around awkward social situations. Send your questions to [email protected].
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