Miss Manners: The cat’s owners were too generous with their thanks

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Our neighbors of 40 years ask us to take care of their cat when they go away for more than one night. It’s usually for four days or so, and we are happy to go next door to make sure the cat has fresh water and food and to give him some people-time.

When we had a dog, these same neighbors were insistent that we not board her when we traveled — frequently for 10 days to two weeks — because she would be better off in her own house, and that they were happy to come over to give her food, water and people-time. I always brought something back for them from our travels, or made something for them as a thank-you gift — a basket that I made, filled with homemade goodies, for example.

We recently took care of the cat for a few days — Thursday to Monday, maybe — and as thanks, we were given a couple of very nice homemade hot pads and a $50 gift card.

The time before was a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

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It’s way too much for the little that is asked of us. We would like to give the gift card back to them, but we don’t want any hurt feelings or to have them think that they can’t ask us to watch the cat in the future. Help?

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GENTLE READER: Turning down presents already given is an insult, so Miss Manners wishes you joy with the hot pads and the gift card. But it will be charming when you assure them that you love Sugar and are thrilled to be able to return the favor after all those years in which they looked after Chester.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: During the pandemic, there are a lot of services that I’ve forgone out of an abundance of caution. Now that the vaccine is rolling out, I’m looking forward to resuming a lot of these activities — like getting my hair cut, returning to my personal trainer and visiting my therapist in person.

I’m in the last category that will be offered the vaccine, so I probably won’t be vaccinated until the summer, or even later. So my ability …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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