The better man is upstaged by the best man


Dear Amy: I’m a 28-year-old man. My best friend from childhood, “Kenneth,” recently got engaged.

I couldn’t be happier for him.

Kenneth has decided that I won’t be his best man in the wedding. His future bride’s brother, “Bart,” will be.

When he told me about this, I was a little hurt; although I quickly got over myself. I know that his wedding is not about me.

Then, a few weeks later, Kenneth and I went out to dinner.

We all laughed and joked and had a wonderful time, until Kenneth made a joke about me being the “best man” but Bart the “better man” (because he had chosen him over me).

I laughed a little to play along, but honestly this hurt me deeply.

Kenneth and I have talked many times about what a jerk Bart is.

He’s rude, ungrateful, spoiled and entitled. He is also a womanizer.

I tried to forget about this silly remark, but it has now been repeated several times, not just by Kenneth, but by other members of the bridal party.

Even though it’s always said with a laugh and meant as a harmless joke, it bothers me more and more.


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