Manners Matter: Staying Put for Memorial Day Weekend

Dear Mary Pat,

My best friend wants to go away for Memorial Day with her husband. She wants us to go along, but my husband and I don’t think it’s safe yet.  Should I tell her the real reason or just make an excuse?


Staying Put

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Dear Staying Put,

She’s your best friend, so I don’t know why you don’t think you can be straight with her. Friends don’t always have to agree! If you don’t feel comfortable going out of town yet, then you shouldn’t. Things have become so divisive online that we are now afraid to give our opinion for fear of a public Facebook beatdown. But tell your friend the truth. I’m sure your relationship won’t be altered as a result.

Good luck,

Mary Pat