Dear Miss Emily:

I have this girl I think I’m in love with, but people are saying that I was flirting with this other girl, but I wasn’t! WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Misunderstood

------------------------Miss Emily’s advice---------------

Dear Misunderstood:

If you are being completely honest with yourself on whether you were, or were not flirting, stand your ground and consider the source. Just being friendly to the opposite sex is not flirting, but is often misunderstood to be just that.  Whether this girl started the rumor, or you are a victim of people who can’t mind their own business and love to gossip, tell anyone who questions your motives to “get a life,” and think nothing more about it.  If you feed into it, you will appear insecure.  In the animal kingdom, the weak get gobbled up!