I have always hoped to date a man that my family would genuinely like. It's not that I need my family's approval, it is just that I had always wanted to meet someone who would meld easily with them because they mean so much to me.
But what do you do when maybe, just maybe, your family likes him or her just a little too much? Is that even possible?
I met my boyfriend in November and, for some crazy reason, I thought that having him meet my family after only a few dates was a good idea. Keep in mind that this is something I would never have done with past boyfriends. Beginning with that initial meeting, my family fell in love with him and knew that there was something special about him as well.
The first time I realized that maybe they were head over heels in parental love was early in the relationship when I went out to lunch and shoe shopping with a friend on a Saturday. When I got home, I gave my boyfriend a call to let him know that I was home and available to hang out with if he wanted.
I was expecting a reply of something along the lines of, "Sure, I'll load my dog into the truck and then we'll be over to pick you up." Instead, he lets me know that he can't come right over because he is shopping at Home Depot with my parents. Apparently, my parents had already decided they liked him so much that they gave him a call to see if he would want to spend some quality time with them at the hardware store.
From that day on, I have joked that secretly my parents want to date him. I'm not sure how far that is from the truth, though.
One day, my boyfriend and I were having lunch, when he grabbed his cell phone and called my mom. He asked her if we could join them for dinner, not knowing that I had to work and would be unavailable. But my mom knew I had to work, so she decided to invite him over for dinner. I have to say I was just a tad shocked when my boyfriend decided it would be fun to have dinner with my family without me.
After that, they call him all the time for little projects around the house. He has even been asked to ask me if we could baby-sit my younger brother and sister.
I seriously think that if something ever happened between the two of us my parents would keep him and introduce me as his ex-girlfriend.
Amy Gaisford can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.