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Miss Manners by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin

Does Common Courtesy Extend to Inanimate Drivers?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How do I let my handful of sisters know that I love them without having to reply and acknowledge every "I love my sisters" post?

I come from a big family, and am super close to my brothers, and not so much my sisters, but I do love them. Individually, my sisters will often post something about sisters and how much they love each other. Others in the family will chime in that they love their sisters and all of us in the group.

I have personal rules about how I use social media. Yet, if I don't participate, I am afraid that they will think I DON'T love them. That has been argued when a sister wanted me to go against my rules about not forwarding/re-posting things.

GENTLE READER: This does sound a bit forced and tedious, Miss Manners agrees. But given the choice between typing three words and dealing with pouting relatives, surely the former is less trouble.