Getting Even

Posted on | July 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Getting Even

Dear Short Answers:
I am a new widow and my married friends insist on paying for me when we go out to dinner. I am uncomfortable with this and have said so — to no avail. What do you suggest?
Want to be Fair

Dear Fair:
There are many ways to compensate your friends.  If you lunch with the wife, insist on paying for both of you. Or bring a nice bottle of spirits when you visit, or a book you think they might like, or send flowers from time to time. It doesn’t have to be a dollar for dollar equivalency.  Although your friends are showing their affection with their gesture, we are confident that they will appreciate yours as well.

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