A few days before Christmas, my closest girlfriends and I will dine out at a fancy restaurant. We are seven young women who were college classmates who now live in different cities. We keep in touch, but we rarely ever get a chance to be all together. It has taken a lot to schedule the date and we all can't wait to see each other in person. Plus, I have an important personal announcement to make, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one. However, one member of the group just announced that she will bring her husband along. She didn’t ask, she has just dropped a line to one of us saying, "He's coming.” When my friend called her and gently told her we'd rather keep it "girly," she got annoyed and said: "Either he's coming, or I'm staying home.” He could be heard in the background saying, "Tell them I'm coming, period.” He's got jealousy issues, and he rarely lets her go out on her own. She accepts this without complaint. The rest of us would really prefer he stay at home. Is there a polite way out of this, or are we forced into having him and making small talk all evening, instead of our usual hilarious chit-chat?
—Girls’ Night Out