DEAR MISS MANNERS: I recently married a lovely gentleman who volunteers with a local Boy Scout troop.

Several weeks after the wedding, I joined him at a scout family function. I was sitting among a group of friends and strangers, cheering for a group of boys participating in a ceremony with their mothers.

An unknown lady leaned over to me and said, “Just think, in [X] years it will be you up there!”

My abdomen is certainly not flat, and I realized that this woman was assuming that I was already well along in pregnancy. I turned to her with a smile and said, “We won’t be having children for several years yet, but I do look forward to having them someday.”

A friend told me later that it was very rude of me to embarrass the lady like I did, though I felt, and still do, that my response was polite and appropriate.


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