DEAR MISS MANNERS: If one were to get food on one’s eyeglasses while one is wearing them, should one use a napkin to clean them? Or another item, such as a microfiber cloth or handkerchief?
This has yet to happen to me in a public setting, but I am curious if this question has a definitive answer.
GENTLE READER: Would you mind telling Miss Manners how you propose to squirt your food onto your eyeglasses? Much as she admires your prudence in preparing for such a possibility, she cannot come up with a scenario.
Surely you know that when squeezing a lemon onto a dish, you should aim the juicy part downwards. And that you should not drop dumplings into your soup from a great height. Or pitch too zealously into your grapefruit.
But you wanted an answer. All right. It is: Remove your glasses. Do not sit there with gravy dripping from your face, pretending that nothing happened. If you cannot wipe them inconspicuously, go to the bathroom and do so.