How important, really, is honesty?

My boyfriend gave me some beautiful, expensive earrings as a birthday gift. I lost one almost immediately, and now he thinks I don’t like them because I never wear them. If I tell him I lost one, he’ll be annoying about it. He won’t be mad at me, necessarily, but he’s a nagging person in general and I just don’t want to listen to him complain about it. Is it wrong to just buy another pair and pretend the whole thing never happened?

If you can buy a new pair without having to eat Ramen for six months, go for it.

Your boyfriend is going to take it personally that you lost an earring, rather than see the bigger picture and accept the fact that sometimes, a girl’s head can get stuck in her sweater while she’s taking it off in a restaurant, she can flail around for a few minutes trying to get it off, and in the process, lose an earring. Not that this has ever happened to me, but I’ve heard that it happens.

Honesty is of the utmost importance in a relationship, unless being honest gains you nothing but six months of nagging, guilt, and comments like, “You look great tonight…too bad you don’t have any expensive diamond earrings to wear with that dress.”

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