Dear Miss Pearl,
A friend of mine asked to borrow some books and I gladly shared some of my favorites with her. All she has done is criticize the books and tell me that I need to make better choices with what I read.
Did she use her “nice” voice or was she ugly and judgmental? Regardless, you might want to make better choices when it comes to friends! Books are like food and music in that we all have different tastes, and that is perfectly okay.
Books, however, can become good friends, and it is best not to talk ugly about them. I am not a fan of science fiction, but I am certainly not going to be rude about someone who is. Seeing as your “friend” is such a worldly scholar regarding Literature, she should have been a little more specific in her request. AND she should have simply said “thank you” instead of being such a witch about it.
Seems to me that she could really benefit from some self-help material!
Dear Miss Pearl,
My 16-year-old son has not seen his girlfriend in three weeks and he is acting like the coronavirus is all my fault. And to add insult to injury, the girlfriend’s mother said he could come over and watch a movie. Am I being too strict not allowing him to go?
You are not being too strict — you are being smart and cautious. The girlfriend’s mother should be ashamed of herself for adding fuel to the fire by suggesting such nonsense. And what she really should have done is to call you and get your opinion before she involved the lovebirds.
Was she planning on supervising this visit or was she simply going to trust them to stay 6 feet away from each other? Why don’t you suggest to your son that he drive over to her house and stay in his car while the girlfriend stays 6 feet away. They could have a nice visit and I’m sure neither of them would mind that you are in the backseat (take a good book with you).
Goodness knows we can’t trust the girlfriend’s Mama to do her job!
And Another Thing:
Speaking of adding insult to injury … we had a tornado while in the throes of the coronavirus and all of its restrictions! I would like to give a HUGE shout out to the City Of Newnan, Newnan Utilities, Georgia Power, AT&T and EMC workers for their quick response in getting neighborhoods and roads cleaned up.
And also for their timeliness in getting power, internet and phone lines restored. And if you don’t think it was a tornado, please feel free to come to my neighborhood and see the trees that were snapped off at the top and the huge trees that were completely uprooted. There is also a video on FaceBook that Eddie took and it actually shows the funnel cloud. And we all know that everything on the FaceBook is accurate!
Take care, my friends. Please use your “nice” voice, and for crying out loud, use common sense!
“Miss Pearl,” aka Colleen Sprayberry, is one of Newnan's leading authorities on modern etiquette. She gladly lends her advice to everyone whether they want it or not, because, "After all, it's all about the children and setting a good example for them." Her videos are available on her Facebook page and YouTube channel. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .