1. My SO’s father just looked at me like an idiot and imparted the most helpful advice I’ve ever received to this day:
“What the hell are you proposing to me for??? You should propose to my daughter you moron.”
That was when I knew I loved this man.
2. When we were dating he sent me an email called “application to date my daughter.” It had a bunch of joke questions on it. A few years later when I was ready to ask his permission I changed the title to “Application to Marry My Daughter.” I filled it out and answered every question as seriously as possible. He gave permission immediately. No heart to heart talk. No questions. To this day he has it framed in his office.
I also asked him on my birthday. I figured he’d think it was rude to turn down my only birthday request. Gosh, that was 9 years ago.
3. We were heading out to the garage and I stopped him and said, “I’d like to ask your permission…” and he cut me off and put his hand out and said yeah.