Other dad got surly when I asked for the money

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My wife and I have a friend who often hosts gatherings at her home with an eclectic mix of people, including her next-door neighbors.

These neighbors are nice people, but my wife and I have only ever had lukewarm, perfunctorily polite exchanges with them. It’s just an “oil and water” personality dynamic — cordial at best. The feelings appear mutual.

They have a young son the same age as ours, and the boys have hit it off at these gatherings more than us parents have.

Our son was invited to spend the night and attend an amusement park the next day with this boy and his parents. He was excited, and our mutual friend enthusiastically facilitated these plans, so we agreed. We dropped our son off with money to cover park admission and any meals the following day.

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