'Miss Manners: ‘Here is a gift, I hope you

is a gift, I hope you

DEAR MISS MANNERS:

I have a good friend who sent me a present for my birthday

The note

with it said, “Here is a gift, I hope you like it! You may already

I thanked the

friend in a text, and said I would wait to open it until my

I sent

her a text, thanking her for the lovely present, and telling her it was perfect

Her response, “Did

you already have it?” I would have preferred not to answer, as I neither

GENTLE READER: The

response may be relayed politely, as in, “Yes, but I am excited to have

Or, Miss Manners

points out, “I can certainly use both” can refer to your using it in

(Please send your

questions to Miss Manners at her website, www

com; or through

postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St

DEAR MISS MANNERS:

My place of work has recently relocated into a different building, and the ladies’

HS football photos: St.

Joseph (Hamm.) vs. DePaul in the