My dad was at work this afternoon. Slow day, so he called me and we chatted a couple times. (He had to hang up at one point to take care of some people that showed up.) We talked for about 27 minutes total, 15 minutes the first time then 12 minutes a little later.
This is what I love about conversations with my dad: He’s hilarious. For example—once in a while, he will ask if I have any romantic relationships or anything. However, he doesn’t awkwardly ask if I have a boyfriend. He always asks creatively. Today, this is how he broached the subject of my (nonexistent) love life:
“So—I’m going to sound like a father now. In what decade to you plan to get married?”
I laughed and told him this decade, I supposed.
“OK. You know, if you plan to get married in this decade, there are certain steps to be taken. Have you taken any of those steps?”
I told him not at this point, no. From that he asked:
“So, does this mean you have a glimmer in your eye?”
Again, I laughed. He then informed me that I would need to tell him if any developments occurred (I’m pretty sure he used language like that, “developments”).
I asked him: “So, do you want me to tell you after I go on a date, or before I go on a date, or if I get a boyfriend?”
He replied: “You know, that is a good question! Let’s say—you know, you can always tell me more—but, the minimum is to tell me whether you want your father to embarrass you in front of this guy.”
I laughed again. (See a pattern here?) I also assured him I’d tell him if anything “developed.”
Then we immediately moved on to discussing the books he’s reading (since I’m not reading anything extracurricular at the moment). No awkwardness at all surrounding this conversation.
Bet you your dad isn’t cool enough to ask about your love life without awkwardness!