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The young man meant well, but regretfully his social skills were not everything they might be. Thus is wasn't too surprising that he called his mother one day and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?

"Why don't you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?"

Deciding that this was an excellent strategy, preparations were duly made and a week later, the young woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.

"I was totally humiliated," he lamented, "She insisted on washing the dishes."

"What's wrong with that?"

"We hadn't started eating yet ..."