DEAR MISS MANNERS: I know people are being nice when they ask if I had a nice Christmas, but I didn’t. My husband is dead, my only sibling is dead, my youngest child is dead and my other child is not having anything to do with me because I sold my home and moved to a smaller one. And I have a mother in a nursing home with dementia, who picked Christmas day to kick me hard in the shin three times when I was trying to help her.
When people ask about my Christmas, I just say, “It was OK.” Should I tell them how I really felt about that day?
GENTLE READER: Only if your intention is to ruin theirs.