Saturday, December 15, 2007

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

For those of you new to the 'BoomerNation, or those not paying that close attention (and who could blame ya?), I have occasionally written that I'm a father of four. Yep, three daughters and a son. The oldest is 21 and the youngest is 7 years old. Seems that everyday they do their best to teach me something about being a parent ... or better yet... teach me something about just being. I'm usually not the willing student but the lessons still keep on coming. And, being the father to a 21 year old daughter and college senior provides plenty of chances to get all learned up*. Plenty.

(All learned up* That's a Texan-ism, by the way. There are lots of those thrown around my house... along with toys, food, and all sorts of clothing I'm not all together familiar with. Did I mention I have three daughters? And I'm a Pennsylvanian? A Pennsylvanian that doesn't speak much Texan? Yep, I have plenty to get all learned up about.)

As I was saying, as a first-time parent to an adult with little knowledge of many things o-fathering an adult, I'm presented with all kinds of new experiences and opportunities to step into deep doo doo or be the bestest daddy ever. Just like the one thrown at me this week.

My first born, CJ, called the other day to say during the semester break she wants me to meet...















wait for it...

















her boyfriend!



A bh-bh-bh-bh-BOYH-friend???

Yah... ohhhhhh... ohhhh .... hold up, yo... it get's better.

CJ also announced they are flying together to Colorado to his parent's home.

**blink** **blink**

Ummm... errr... Colorado? To-to-to-gether??

Notice, she announced her plans. She didn't ask permission or suggest I issued an imprimatur for a betwixt semesters dalliance. Because if I were to ever impimatur the likes of that I'm sure I would remember it. New Independence flexing its guns. ... sigh...

Quickly I needed advice. So I turned to the most trusted source of parenting, family, and all things relationship advice known to mankind.... the internets. A few click-a-roos and look at what I found:


VideoJug: How To Meet Your Daughter's Boyfriend

"BoomerNation, do you have any words of advice?

And I thought Ironman was tough.

Stay tuned...

16 comments:

Vickie said...

Since she is planning on meeting his parents, it appears likely things are somewhat serious. Ah yes, I went through the same thing at Thanksgiving--a stranger in the house for 5 days! It always leaves a little to be desired. Remember, your daughter's choice may not be your choice for a possible future husband. But that is her decision and her lesson to learn! Good luck!

Dan Seifring said...

Boomer good luck with that. Do I have to let my twin 5 year old girls grow up?

21stCenturyMom said...

That video was perfect - NOT! TMI, man.. TMI.

Just remember - you love her and she likes him so it should all work out, right?

Brent Buckner said...

No advice just crossed fingers!

Nancy Toby said...

Do you want your advice served straight up with shotguns or without shotguns?

Shelley said...

Ironman is tough...raising girls is tough..(I was one of them)....however, I have no experience with this..I have boys..sorry..:-))

supalinds said...

Oh man, tough business. When my husband asked my dad for permission to marry me my dad said this: 'I want to say no, but if my daughter says yes, then I have to trust that I raised her right.'

HA HA HA. My poor hubby almost ran off forever. But he asked, I said yes, and eventually my pops warmed up. But it took a while.

Be patient, it will be strange at first.

Kim said...

aw boom, how exciting but nervewracking!!! my dad is one tough cookie upon meeting new boyfriends...he gives them an application :) JK! it will work out!

momo said...

whatever you find out, can you post a link on your sidebar so that when my daughter is that age, i can refer to it, please??? i know its coming sooner than i realize.

Lance Notstrong said...

My advise is to start drinking.....heavily!!!

Running Jayhawk said...

Aww!! Someone's in luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurve! Hope it goes over well. :)

Oh...and how did I just NOW realize that you're doing Louisville. Sheesh, we're so out of the loop.

Geo said...

You say, "Hey, that's great! I'd love to go skiing!"

Then she says, "Oh Dad, I uh, wel... Uh, I..."

Buh ha ha ha! You'll be fine Boomer!

Rice said...

I'm glad I have a son... good luck.

Cheers.

Rice.

Rural Girl said...

OK that video was wacked! I like the country-western music style of meeting the boyfriend; cleaning the deer-hunting rifle while explaining how prescious she is to her mother.

Comm's said...

begin with shotguns being cleaned. If you don't have any weapons, just put some greasy rags down with a can of WD-40 nearby, some empty shell casing will complete the effect.

Follow up by not blinking while staring at him constantly.

Make sure he sleeps on the couch, (it is your house) and you leave nosily at just before 5am for a run (hopefully to Starbucks where you hang out for 2 hours) so he thinks your in phnom shape as you run circles around him all day.

Some loud arguments into your phone help. Especially when theres no one on the other end.

dont for get, no blinking. Eyes wide open.

greyhound said...

All the comments about guns are not far off. I met my now-father-in-law for the first time in the "gun room" where he hand loads custom ammunition and has all his firearms.

He is 6'2" and approaching 3 bills. I am not.