DEAR MISS MANNERS: My loving daughter and her husband have been having dinner every night with us since my wife and I have both been too ill to cook. They bring their meal to our house and share with us. They have been extremely generous and helpful during our recovery time.
My son-in-law has started an irritating habit of holding up fingers as I am talking, supposedly indicating the number of times he has heard the story I am telling. This was somewhat amusing the first time or two, but has gotten to the point where I don't want to say much of anything at the table.
How should this be handled? We love them both dearly and need and appreciate their help very much.
GENTLE READER: Appeal to your daughter: "I am afraid that I bore Rupert with my stories. Perhaps if you have heard them before, you can just gently remind me and I will start another subject."