DEAR MISS MANNERS: A man returns home after a long absence. His family has gathered to greet him at the airport. Is it proper for him to embrace his mother first, or his wife and children?
GENTLE READER: He should hold his arms wide apart and hug whoever runs into them, then move on to the next nearest. But if he has reason to know that his various relatives are going to take insult over the order of hugging, Miss Manners would understand if he wanted to get back on the airplane.