Cherished readers, I am back with a new Ask The Lady.
Dear Lady Hooper-Brackett,
My lady, I have two questions.
- Is it appropriate for me to attend the wake of a neighbor that I only knew in passing? I would wave at this man and his wife every day when I would come and go from work, but I never said more than hello. I’m not sure if it would be uncomfortable to see his wife and I worry about saying the wrong thing.
- Are you all right? Where have you been? I missed your wit.
Dear Courteous Neighbor,
The Lady thanks you for your questions. and will start by answering your last one first.
The Lady has been busy on a consulting job and the time available in the day has been scarce.
Now to question two: Of course The Lady believes that you should attend the wake. It is the neighborly thing to do. While you did not say if these people were older folks, The Lady makes the assumption that they are. Think of how your neighbor’s widow must feel right now after losing her husband. Your presence and support, I am sure, will be a comfort to her. And if The Lady may offer further advice…there is nothing wrong with checking in on her in the future to see how she is doing.
Best Neighborly Wishes,
The Lady Hooper-Brackett