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dinner host responsibilities

lovedining1954 | Feb 22, 201502:09 AM

My mother came in to visit, she was only staying a couple of days. Widowed and retired so she lives on a limited budget. She asked to take us to dinner, (my fiance, myself, and my future mother in law)

Its always been my personal general rule to follow my ordering around the hosts own order concerning price and quantity. More importantly including ordering any alcohol. I would never order alcohol if the host wasn't drinking, but i don't drink very often anyway. Its not a staple for me.

We all went out, ordered, I, knowing as all did, that my mother doesn't drink, i did not order fiance and MIL ordered drinks.

I considered bringing this subject up before hand but i thought it wouldn't be necessary.

I regret that now. I instead paid for the dinner as i did not want to have my mother to pay for it.

My question here is, should i have been bothered by their ordering alcohol from a non alcoholic host?

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