What would you do if you came downstairs to find your daughter naked on the couch with a stranger?
In American culture, this type of scenario is often cited as a horror story or the worst situation imaginable. Still, no matter how open-minded we are, we would probably have at least some questions in this situation. As it turns out, this scenario happened to a Dutch father who posted a very colorful story about it on Reddit.
Still, things turned out differently than you might expect.
The story was originally uploaded by user PeekOut.
The tale has many twists and turns throughout, though it begins in a fairly straightforward way:
“(english not my native language. please be kind) dad here. one morning i came down the stairs, seeing this exact scene my 17 jr old with a young man. asleep after what must have been a night of ‘hard labour’. i very quietly made breakfast, went back upstairs and told my wife, son and other (youngest) daughter to be very quiet because people where still asleep. our dinner table is on the other side of the room, about 20 feet from the couch but right in front of it. we all sat down and i yelled “YOUNG MAN” never ever i’ve seen someone wake up and move from horizontal to vertical that fast. “breakfast is ready!” i said with a tone as if i gladly would suck his soul out of his body. through his left ear. i pulled out the chair beside me. “sit!” my family silent. staring at their plates. not even twitching.”
Still, things get weirder after that.
He goes on to say that “it must have been the hardest 20 feet for a but naked youngster to cross,” before adding that the man was, “trying to hide his, I must say, rather impressive morning wood. my youngest daughter looking in awe at said piece of wood. as did my wife.” So there’s that. Anyway, the story continues:
“after he put on his clothes, which lay beside the dinner table, he sat down. my son (6.4′) patted him on the shoulder looked him in the eyes, sighed and shook his head. by now he was realy, realy nervous. you could almost smell it. in my best russian accent: “my friend, i’m going ask you a question. the answer you give is very important….for you…” at this point he was sweating. “do you like cats?”
Rather than getting angry at his daughter or the man, the father in the story began to learn about him.
As it turns out, the two continued to date and the man treated the daughter very well. After eight months, though, the father learned more of the man’s backstory. The truth was that the man’s father had killed himself, his mother was a sex worker and was addicted to crack cocaine, leaving him shortly thereafter. He’d been homeless for three years since he was 15 and had worked odd jobs until meeting the man’s daughter.
After hearing this, the father made a firm decision.
Instead of coming between his daughter and her boyfriend, he invited the man into his life.
As the story says:
“the next day i gave him a key of our house. i told him i expected him home every night. home. in the next weeks we fixed our spare room and took him shopping for furniture. he was quite good in making things. he wanted to be his own boss, he liked building things. we saw to it that he got an education which enabled him to do just that.
that was in 2000. now 15 years later. my found son and my daughter have thriving business. they gave use 3 beautiful grandchildren last year. twins. 1 girl, 1 boy”
The story is frankly incredible, assuming it is true. Though the version presented here is slightly cleaned up, the heartwarming message remains the same (though the original is worth reading in its entirety as well).
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