Anmaru: So, Aunt Angela, you look more than usually disapproving. What’s up?
Aunt Angela: Well, dear, I overheard a perfectly pleasant person yesterday asking a most personal question of a former colleague. “So, when’s the honeymoon?” she asked in a jocular fashion. The former colleague indicated that there had as yet been no discussion of a wedding and that therefore notions of a honeymoon were decidedly premature.
Now, I don’t know about you, dear, but I was brought up with a clear understanding that one does not ask personal questions pertaining to health, relationships, family planning, or salary. (Asking “What do you do?” was felt to be in poor taste. Certainly, such a question can put the independently wealthy and the temporarily unemployed alike at a disadvantage. I always advise people to stick to interests and hobbies rather than paid occupation when making light conversation. And let us always remember that when someone asks “How are you?” they are normally hoping for a short, positive response—only truly close friends want more detail.)
But now back to the interpersonal issues. Of course, dear, one should never assume (a) heterosexuality; (b) if single, a desire to be married; (c) if married or cohabiting, a desire to have children. Such behaviour is insensitive at best.
Anmaru: Aunt Angela, I am so pleased to have you straighten me out once again. Allow me to freshen your drink.