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Pieced together from ancient legends by: David Morgan-Mar

The author writes:

A reader writes:

Dear Postcard, I have a young nephew who is of the age where he has started to slightly resent his favourite Auntie buying him socks and educational gifts for his birthday, and has expressed a preference for receiving money instead, so that he may spend it on gadgets such as games for his Play Station, or whatever it is they call it. In my day, this would be the height of impertinence from one so young, but I understand that in this day and age such things may be more socially acceptable. However, before acquiescing to his wishes in this matter, I seek your advice on the proper and modern etiquette surrounding this situation. Should I ask that he make his request to me in writing? Or is his mere verbal re-appraisement of our auntie-nephew relationship enough to enter such a bold new phase? And is it advisable to go along with such a request at all, or should I simply continue to purchase such things as I deem appropriate for a young man of his age?

-- Cool but Confused Auntie

Dear Cool but Confused,

I don't know where you got the idea that this is an etiquette column. Have you read any of the comics??