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Today’s Foodism: You Have Sixteen Different Excuses and Not a Single One Is True

Jules Rendard

How liberating would it be to receive an invite to dinner and, without pause, explanation or defense, utter, “No, but thank you”? While this is a perfectly acceptable and polite response, we sometimes feel compelled to launch headfirst into a long, drawn-out, often colorful story as to our reasons for declining the invitation. “I’d love to come but my cat is having triple bypass surgery that night.” “Wish I could make it but my grandmother is in the hospital,” (you know … the one who passed away three years ago). “Gee, that’s the same night as my tuba recital.”

A simply and gracious, “No, thank you,” will suffice.


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