Your parents are hosting a Sunday night dinner at their house to meet your boyfriend for the first time. You’re a mix of excitement and nerves, and you know that your parents’ expectations are high. Unfortunately, your boyfriend is coming from a weekend away so you haven’t seen him or done any of the obligatory meet-the-parents prep talk beforehand. Would it be worse if . . .
This: He’s unbelievably late and doesn’t answer his phone when you call? You’re not sure whether to be worried or angry. He shows up an hour and a half late with dinner cold and only a mediocre excuse.
Or . . .
That: He’s right on time, even bearing a bottle of wine but then proceeds to be a rude dinner guest? He has zero manners and barely manages to answer a question with more than one word.