DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have been dating a woman for about two weeks. We have been together and like each other quite a bit.
We planned a dinner one day in advance for a Tuesday evening. Nice dinner and wine. She sends a text at noon canceling dinner since her friend, who visits from out of town frequently and was already here, decided they needed more time together.
Do I brush it off, reconsider our friendship or move on to better manners? P.S. We’re in our 50s.
GENTLE READER: While kind of you to provide the details of your age, being inconsiderate does not necessarily improve with it.
Miss Manners assumes that you were using it to imply that your friend should have known better. But you could also use your own earned wisdom and patience to give her the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps there was something pressing with her friend.
In any case, it is clearly up to you and the depths of your feelings to see if you want to give it another chance. If you do and she cancels again, you then have unabashed permission to politely move on, with or without an explanation.