Friend ruins good news with ‘I’m jealous’ quip

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Judith Martin 

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have an acquaintance whose response to other people’s good news is almost always a fervent, and loud, “I’m so jealous!” This might be in response to forthcoming vacation plans, a dinner out or a restorative nap.

I’m sure that she doesn’t realize how unpleasant it is to be told that my enjoyment has caused her emotional distress. I’ve taken to avoiding conversations with her because I am not sure how to respond to this statement, and would rather not avoid all mention of any aspect of my life that might serve to inspire it.



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