Got a phone call from Daughter Person this afternoon. A care package I’d sent had arrived and she wanted to thank me. Took the opportunity to catch up a bit (why, yes, I should have been busily working instead of yakking…why do you ask?).
One topic of conversation was the Boy Child. She’s felt a bit left out of his life because he’s not good at keeping in touch and, complicating that, he’s been dating lately. I may have said too much when I informed her that he’d left on vacation – – –
GnuKid: Well, I know he left this morning.
Daughter Person: WHAT? He went on vacation? Where did he go?
GK: Jamaica. Hey, I just got the itinerary from him last night*.
DP: WHAT? I’m his only sibling and he didn’t tell me he was going out of country.
GK <barely stifling my laughter>: Well, I’m his only father and he only gave me the itinerary last night.
DP <mildly incensed>: And he left this morning? Is he going there with anyone?
GK <starting to feel a bit sheepish at revealing apparent Boy Child secrets)>: Well, yes…he’s going with his girlfriend.
DP: WHAT?** Oh, she’s just not right for him.
GK: What do you mean?
DP: Well, I’ve only seen one picture of her. She just doesn’t look to be his type. I mean, look…she’s blonde!
GK: I’ve only seen one picture of her and I think she’s an attractive lady and he looks very happy in the picture.
DP: And her name…c’mon…Stacy? Just not ‘him’***.
GK <laughing openly now t her irrationality>: What should her name be? Gertrude? Stella? Jessica? Amy?
DP: I don’t know…it’s just not right.
GK: So, he should base his dating choices subject to your approval.
DP: Well, yeah!
GK: <laughing so I can’t talk>
Daughter Person saw the futility in further conversation on this with me and quickly changed the subject.
Trying to decide now whether or not to forewarn Boy Child.
…a storm is a’coming from South Africa…
*Which is technically true. Now, he had told me the last time we talked on the phone that a vacation was in the works. Apparently he didn’t even let her know he was thinking of going. Oops.
**Now I’m starting to worry that DP’s hearing is going bad
***Okay, to be fair, Boy Child has favored darker haired women…and enjoyed hanging out with Asian young ladies in High School. This Scandinavian blond is a departure from his norm.