So the plan is to appear as a bride, either pregnant or with a baby in tow, and announce that you were married several years ago? Good luck with that.
Miss Manners rather doubts that people care enough nowadays to keep track. But if you want to let them know without inspiring chortles, you need only confide, “My husband and I are expecting a baby.” And if you want to have a party, throw yourself an anniversary party.
But don’t imagine that you can fool Miss Manners into believing that “a wedding” is a community gathering that need not involve anyone actually getting married. She hears often from those who have attended such events, thinking they were being invited to witness a marriage taking place, only to discover that an already-married couple was acting the parts of bride and bridegroom. Those guests have some harsh things to say about the motives for staging this.Darkened wicks DEAR MISS MANNERS: My late and very proper Bostonian mother insisted that it is inhospitable to have candlewicks that have not been lighted. As soon as she brought candles into our home, she would light the wicks. I have taught my daughters this custom and have no idea why a lighted wick is hospitable! Can you shed some light on this, oh wise one? Is this an outdated custom from the Dark Ages? GENTLE READER:
In the Dark Ages, wax was an expensive necessity, and no one would want to waste even the amount it would take to darken the wicks. But in the Age of Enlightenment — well, actually the Age of Electrical Enlightenment, which came later — candles were no longer a necessity to see beyond your nose.
They are now used for a special effect. However, to keep a utilitarian object without using it smacks of pretentious display. Miss Manners is pleased to know that she is not the only person left on Earth who goes around singeing her fresh candles.© Universal Uclick 7/3