DEAR MISS MANNERS: Would you enlighten us as to when children’s tables are appropriate?
My brother and I are 17 and 15, and we were required to eat a holiday meal in a separate room with the host couple’s 7-year-old son. We have never shown our relatives anything but good table manners, and are always respectful and reserved as guests. This arrangement insulted us, but was it a breach of etiquette?
GENTLE READER: Hosts faced with limited room at the dining room table are forced to make a cut-off age for the children’s table -- and Miss Manners is guessing that in this case, it was 18.
The good news is that this is a problem that you will soon age out of -- at which point Miss Manners will good-naturedly entertain your complaints about the boring adults, and your desire to return to the children’s table so that you can gossip about them.