Dear Miss Manners: My fiance and I were visiting friends last Friday night. Shortly after we arrived, I began feeling lightheaded, so I sat down on a stool at their kitchen island.
The next thing I knew, I was face down on their hardwood floor in a puddle of my own blood and vomit. 911 was called and I went to the hospital in the ambulance. I ended up with a 2-inch gash above my left eye, which required nine stitches.
The reason why I passed out and was nauseated was that my blood pressure fell dramatically, for which I am still trying to determine the reason.
What do you do for friends whose kitchen you turned into a biohazard area and who also cleaned up your mess? A card for such an occasion does not exist.
Gentle Reader: What would it say? “Friends like you make vomiting easy”?
Write a thank you note to your hosts for the visit, apologize for the mess and thank them for the cleanup. It would be gracious to offer to pay for any damage – or you could just reciprocate by inviting them to pass out in your kitchen any time.
Ultimately, Miss Manners feels certain that any friends worth having will be more concerned about the state of your health than that of their floors.
Duvet or cover or comforter?
Dear Miss Manners: My mother and I have been debating the difference between a duvet, a duvet cover and a comforter. Our research has shown conflicting definitions. Would you be so kind as to enlighten us and settle this argument once and for all?
Gentle Reader: A duvet is a feather-stuffed quilt without a cover, a duvet cover is a slipcover for the duvet, and a comforter is a duvet with the cover already sewn on.
Got that? This has nothing whatsoever to do with manners, but Miss Manners is nonetheless delighted with herself that she actually knows the answer – and has someone with whom to share it.
Deal only with person
Dear Miss Manners: I was wondering if there were any clear-cut rules for encountering, working with or confronting a person with disabilities?
Gentle Reader: You deal only with the person. Unless you have been hired to deal with the disabilities, Miss Manners assures you that they are none of your concern.
This column was co-written by Judith Martin’s daughter, Jacobina Martin. Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.missmanners.com; to her email, firstname.lastname@example.org; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.