DEAR MISS MANNERS: I gave birth to my son at age 39. My son is biracial, and we don't look exactly alike.
Since he was an infant, complete strangers have approached me to ask how we are related, with no prior conversation or interaction. The question is, invariably, "Hi, is that your grandson?"
Most of the time, I say with a straight face and in a monotone, "No, he is my son." But I resent having to explain to complete strangers how I am related to the child I am with.
Since when is it OK to be this forward with complete strangers? I don't understand why they care. Is there a better way to communicate that their question is rude and intrusive, as well as not provide them with the requested information?
GENTLE READER: "Sorry -- I'm teaching him not to talk to strangers. I'm sure you understand how important that is these days."