Imagine you are a frisky 70-year-old man who decides to hire an escort for the evening when you're out of town. (Men. Do they ever change?) When the lovely lady of the evening arrives, you notice with a shock that the woman seems very familiar. In fact, she's more than just familiar. You know her very well. She's ... your son's fianceé! Now you've got quite a dilemma on your hands -- do you tell your son what the woman he's about to marry does for a living?
Apparently this all really happened -- in Italy. The 70-year-old man, marital status unclear, hired an escort when he went out of town, only to be flummoxed when his 40-year-old son's fianceé showed up. To their credit, the two decided not to go ahead with their -- ahem -- business arrangement.
But the man wrestled with the question as to whether to tell his son that his South American girlfriend wasn't a waitress as everyone believed, but a prostitute. Additionally, if he told his son, he would be revealing his own role as an old horndog who used escorts. If the father were still married, an even bigger dilemma. Do you risk your marriage to warn your son about the woman he's about to marry?
I suspect most of us would do what the man ultimately did -- which was tell his son.
And you know what they say about don't kill the messenger. Because so many want to. The son was apparently furious with the dad and the two got into an argument. Four years later, the pair are still in court, where the son has sued his father for "injuries." It's unclear if these are physical injuries related to the fight -- or psychological injuries related to the shock of your dad telling you the woman you plan to marry is an escort.
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Hard to imagine why the son wouldn't be grateful that his dad told him about this tiny omission. Even if the son still wanted to marry her, escort job and all, at least he'd know what he was getting into. How could any parent have NOT told?
Plus, can you imagine the awkward family gatherings? Dad: Hey, Sophia, remember that time we almost had sex? Wasn't that funny? By the way, does my son still think you work at Spizzico?
But how often people blame bad news on the ones they hear it from. The son sounds like he's in total denial. No word on whether the couple still got married.
The father/son, however, still don't get along, since the judge was reportedly unable to broker a truce between them.
Did the dad do the right thing?
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