Ask Amy: Affair between neighbors leads to awkward silence
– The Wedding Singer
Dear Wedding Singer: Here’s a tip: The more words you use to explain yourself, the more openings you will create, which people will plow through.
Don’t offer reasons. Be gracious, polite, and consistent.
They: “Will you sing at your niece’s wedding?
You: “Oh, it’s sweet of you to ask, but I’m retired.”
They: “You can’t! You’re so good at it and this is for family! We’re counting on you.”
You: “How nice. I’ve retired.”
They: “Is it your nerves again? You can get over that!”
You: “Thank you. I’ve retired.”
You could do them a favor and suggest another singer – but this will not be your problem to solve.
Dear Amy: Another thank you for devoting a column to the experiences of Vietnam veterans. I served, too, and reading those letters from fellow vets reminded me of everything we’ve been through. It’s been tough.
– Fellow Veteran
Dear Veteran: Welcome home.
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