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It’s Friday afternoon, which means it’s time again for Amelia Hamilton to answer all your queries about gouda, same-sex weddings, and germy kids!
Dear Amelia, Some Republican candidates have been taken to task for opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage even though they still would attend same-sex weddings or events surrounding them when it comes to close friends or family members. I, too, oppose gay marriage, but have a friend who has invited me to his ceremony (which is not in a church, but officiated by a member of the clergy). I feel like I could attend the reception as a support of our friendship without supporting something destructive of the institution, but a lot of people disagree with me. How should I handle this? Should attend? Should I abstain? And what should I say to my friend either way?
This is a tricky situation indeed. Presumably, your issue is with the religious implications of the word “marriage,” rather than with their partnership. If that is, indeed, the case, skip the wedding, go to the reception and celebrate this milestone in their relationship. There’s every chance that the brides or grooms will be too wrapped up in the wedding to remember who was at the ceremony, and they’ll see you when they have more time to socialize and celebrate their happiness at the reception.
Am I a jerk for bringing a kid with a bad cold to a large playgroup? Hint: I already did. Kids get colds. If you want your kid in a bubble don’t bring them out.
I’m not a mom, but it seems to me that part of the idea of a playgroup is to socialize kids (and their parents, too). Socialization will pretty much always mean exposure to germs, and it’s only going to get worse as they get to school. It’s hardly unusual for a toddler to have a runny nose. I would say it depends on the group. Are you close friends with the other parents? Do they bring their kids with colds, too? The only thing that gives me pause is that you used the adjective “bad.” If you would have kept said kid home from school, or if you would have been annoyed with another mom for bringing her equally germy child, probably best to keep him/her home from playgroup.
Which is the superior cheese: gouda, swiss, or gruyere?
This is the correct ranking: gruyere, gouda, swiss. Enjoy!
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