50 Married Men On How They Asked Their Fathers-In-Law For Their Daughter's Hand

50 Married Men On How They Asked Their Fathers-In-Law For Their Daughter’s Hand

These engagement stories from Ask Reddit will warm your heart.

49. My girlfriend, her parents and I were spending the time between Christmas and New Years at her parent’s cottage. I was finishing up at university and my girlfriend was in graduate school. After lunch one day, my girlfriend went to her room for a nap and I was playing backgammon with her father (he kicks my ass). While building a wood fire in the fireplace during the game, I ask for his permission and he’s stunned – as if I broke the machine, and he totally freezes up. It was awkward at first, but then my girlfriend decides to skip her nap and joins us. She sees her Dad all confused and asks what we were talking about. Super awkward – I lied and told her I was thanking him yet again for buying me winter gear for the trip to the cottage (I only had a leather coat as a poor uni student so the man goes out before Xmas and buys 3 winter jackets, a couple pairs of boots and snow pants that I could pick from so I could join in on the winter fun in the snow – seriously, he’s awesome). Girlfriend was still confused but moved on…

Hours later after we all turn in for the night [I was sleeping in one of the guest bedrooms on the lowest level, everyone else was on the upper level], the silence is broken by her mother talking in a loud voice “What did you say? [pause] “Nothing? Nothing?! You march down there and give him an answer NOW! How could you do that to the poor boy?!” About a minute later, there’s a soft knock on my door and the poor man was shaking slightly in his boxers (could be because he didn’t have time to put on his robe) and apologizes profusely and delivers an awkward, rambling speech welcoming me to the family and giving his blessing. My girlfriend (now wife) sleeps like a log and didn’t her mother’s shout.

The Mother-in-Law deeply apologized to me in the morning for her husband’s actions. It’s been over 15 years now since that retreat and I’ve never seen my father-in-law shell-shocked like that since. What make it even funnier is that he’s a physically-powerful bulldog and a former basketball/football star (I’m intimidated and I’m well-built at 6’2, 210 lbs). His wife is a very tiny lady and usually quiet…

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