DEAR MISS MANNERS: I'm not sure how to handle it when my sister-in-law keeps bringing up how her 7-month-old baby boy looks like my 4-year-old son. She has gone so far as to take a picture of a picture of my son with her cellphone and walk around a party showing everyone and asking if her son looks like mine.
Honestly, her son looks nothing like my son, and I find it aggravating and borderline creepy that she keeps bringing it up. I'm not sure what to do. We do not have a good relationship at all, so I'm not sure why she insists on doing this at every social event we attend, or what she is trying to prove.
GENTLE READER: And what exactly is it that are you trying to prove? That your son and his cousin are not from the same family? Or that acts of indiscretion might have been involved in conceiving them?
Miss Manners is also at a loss about why you would consider a family resemblance creepy. If anything, it is a compliment to your son that she fancies that her son resembles him.
However, Miss Manners is beginning to understand why you and your sister-in-law are not close.