Dear Miss Pearl,
My 9-year-old son and his friend decided to try on our dog’s bark collars to see if they would feel a shock when THEY barked. Our dogs are large and we keep the collars fully charged at the maximum strength. My son’s collar was loose and the results were disappointing. The friend, however, had his collar tight on his neck and the shock knocked him down causing him to hit his head on the coffee table and need four stitches. His parents are irate and insisting we pay his medical bill.
The parents of the injured child must not be your REAL friends because REAL friends are well aware that something like this could easily happen at their house. REAL friends also know that boys do stupid things all the time. That being said, you may not have any choice in the matter. You may want to call and see if this injury is covered under your homeowners insurance; just a thought! You should probably have a talk with your son about choices and consequences because, believe me, your son has only begun to scratch the surface of stupidity! The good news regarding this unfortunate incident is that your son was only partly stupid — he knew not to fasten the collar too tightly. You should be proud!!
Dear Miss Pearl,
My son’s fiancé refuses to have a gift registry for their upcoming wedding. What am I supposed to tell my friends when they ask what to give them?
You had best be telling your friends that this is your soon to be daughter-in-law’s choice, not yours. And remind them that this is HER wedding, not yours. I’m sure there is a very good reason she prefers not to register any gift suggestions. Maybe she likes surprises. Maybe she thinks your friends have exquisite taste and she knows she will like whatever they choose to give. Maybe she is a minimalist and doesn’t want a bunch of gifts. I’d be more concerned about whether or not she knows to write a thank you note!!
And Another Thing:
I see that all Coweta County school system students will receive free breakfast and lunch beginning Sept. 14. Wonder if we will see an uproar from lunch box manufacturers or if those who take their lunches will continue to do so? Will mamas who cut the crust off of sandwiches before cutting them into perfect triangles continue this long-standing tradition, or will they put away their morning aprons? The monthly lunch menu always held a reserved spot on our refrigerator when Little and Baby were in school. One glance at it and I would know if they were taking a lunch or buying. I was always grateful for pizza, chicken nuggets and spaghetti giving me a break from having to pack a lunch. One of my boys always brought home an empty lunch box while the other always had leftovers because he was too busy talking. Wonder what side of the family this “gift” comes from?? Have a good week!
“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 email@example.com .