Didn't Emily Post or some Manners and Etiquette person ever establish rules about polite society when it comes to compliments on appearance, and on weight specifically? Why are we such a weight-obsessed society anyway?
You love your Mom... and you find her alternatively infuriating and embarrassing, irreplaceable and overly dramatic, irksome and endearing. As far as I know, Hallmark hasn't yet created a line of cards expressing familial disharmony.
You can rest assured this column will dispense honest and frank advice with a healthy dose of humor. Don't expect any of that Emily Post bullsh*t -- finger bowls, children curtsying and other genteel manners. Those days are gone bitches.