DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I have gone to visit several friends in the past few months, and have found myself in search of clean linens when wishing to take a shower, none are available. When I was growing up, whenever we had guests, my parents would always make sure a clean washcloth and towel were available for each guest staying with us. I thought that providing clean linens for guests was simply common courtesy.
But having come across so many people who don't provide such a simple item to their guests, I wonder -- am I being snobby or are they being sloppy?
GENTLE READER: Perhaps discouraged by guests who steadfastly ignore the guest towels in the powder room, they have come to think that all their guests are drip-dry. Or worse.
While hosts are supposed to supply towels, you can surely assume the failure to do so was an oversight and request them. Miss Manners only hopes that you discovered the omission before you turned on the water.