One of the things parents fear most....

Tuesday, April 24

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Do you know one of the things parents fear most?
When their children start dating!
Let me qualify that ... when their  daughters ...  start dating!




One day they're little ...  cuddly ...  and  mom  is the center of their world.
The next minute ... they're wearing make-up ... and mini skirts ... 
and the center of their world is some guy named ...
Justin ... or Sean ... or Spike.
***for the record...I'd never let her date a guy named Spike***



The basic  age for dating rule ... for all of our kids ... was  16 years old.
We tried to buy some more time with our daughter ... by adding the condition ...

"You can date when you win your first tennis tournament."

Well ... she got pretty good ... and we were stuck.


So one day ... while in one of my more "devilish" moods ... I decided to play havoc
with my daughter's love life.
I concocted a typewritten ... two page 

"Application to Date My Daughter".

Seriously ... I actually did.  I thought it was kind of  funny ... she did not!
Undaunted ... I volunteered to give one of her admirers a ride home after football practice
... whereupon I handed him the application in a neat ... white ... sealed ... envelope.
Needless to say ... he was sweating bullets.
***which was probably the point***

Though I don't have a copy of the original document ...
I still remember many of the questions ...

What are the names of her brothers?

What is her favorite color?

Do you have a job?

What college are you going to attend?
***yada...yada...yada... 2 pages worth***

... and lastly ...
Do you drink or take drugs?
(If the answer to  this  questions is yes .... tear up this application.)
You cannot date my daughter!


Boy ... those were the days.  I never did understand why all of her
boyfriends were afraid of me .....  it's a mystery.
Today Complicated Kai ... has a boyfriend ... and amazingly she picked him out
all by herself.  

Maybe it's not too late to write up another application.
I do sometimes wonder whatever happened to that first boyfriend ... sorry dude.

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2 comments:

Kai Mercado said...

oh goodness gracious....

Pippa @ BeadsAndBarnacles said...

Lol this really made me laugh, So glad my parents didnt do this, but its the kind of thing I could have imagined them doing...

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