DEAR MISS MANNERS: A business associate bought me an expensive watch to celebrate completing a deal. I wear it whenever I see him, and he never fails to compliment it. But it’s not really my taste, so otherwise it sits in a box at home.
I recently moved homes, and the movers decided to relieve me of the watch, as I had not secured the box.
Next time I see the giver, what do I do? I could replace it, but it’s not where I would prefer to spend my own money. I could fib that it’s out for service. I could tell the truth, but that might sound like I’m asking for another watch.
With no travel currently happening, I have time to await your wise reply.
GENTLE READER: “I am devastated that the watch you gave me somehow got lost in our move. But I am determined to find it, and will not stop looking until I have.”