Dianne brought brownies to her new neighbors and never received the dish back. Mary offers a simple way to get the brownie dish back to the rightful cupboard.
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Diane in Burlington writes, "Dear Mary, when our new neighbors moved in 3 months ago, I brought over a pan of brownies to welcome them. They are a younger couple with 2 teenagers and they seem very nice, although a bit distracted. I told the wife that she could just return the dish when they were done. Well, it's been 3 months and I haven't yet received my dish back. My name is on the dish so she
knows it belongs to me. Should I go over and ask for it back or would that be tacky?"
Thanks for writing, Diane. My first thought was, 'of course they seemed a bit distracted'--they had just moved and they have two teenagers. I remember when I made a pan of brownies for new neighbors who moved in up the hill from us. I'm afraid the brownies were a little tough to chew, but they were perfect for blocking the wheels when they had to park one of the cars out on the street. It was the first time anyone was ever grateful for my brownies. But I digress. It is not tacky to ask for your dish back. Your neighbor probably forgot all about it and stuck it in a cupboard when she was unpacking. I would just tell her that you started to bake some brownies and realized that she still had the dish you liked to bake them in and would she mind returning it. Hopefully she'll find it and return it. It might take a couple of days. I found my mother-in-law's bundt cake pan in my cupboard last week. I borrowed it in 1973.
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