I’ve found that others, particularly in the service industry, often ask if we are father and son or other familial connection. I usually simply respond “no” to the question, but if they persist, I admit to taking a fair amount of joy in their discomfort as their awkward guesses continue until I tell them that we’re a married couple.
My husband tolerates my foible, usually with a smile, but friends say that I’m being rude and should simply tell them from the start. I feel that, while it may be uncomfortable, it certainly isn’t rude or mean, and that I have no obligation to volunteer information.
Perhaps I don’t have the right to the joy of their discomfort, but I consider it a small price to pay. Am I indeed being rude?