DEAR MISS MANNERS: Cleaning out 30 years of home.
Gave away to a very close friend two items
I regretted giving
Called her next morning
Asked for them back
I made an overwhelmed decision
May I have back
She said no
You gave them away
She gave them to her daughter
Was very hurt/disheartened by her decision
Had given her at least 30 items before this
Who was right
I myself would have given them back
She gave it to her daughter
So she too would be forced to ask for something back
Which she obviously won’t like
Miss Manners has some sympathy
She will grant you
One more appeal:
My grandmother gave me that necklace and brooch.
Might your daughter like to pick out something else of mine?
I have some other wonderful things.
But if your very close friend refuses
Miss Manners is afraid that you must let it