If you have a family and you go on dates, you know that telling your family you’re going on a date means you’ll be bombarded with endless questions about every intimate detail they can possibly think of. How do you combat this? Apparently, make a pamphlet that answers every single question before they get the change to even ask them.
Twitter user Mary Beth Barone shared the pamphlet she provided to her family while on vacation in Florida.
Barone told BuzzFeed that she met a guy in Florida at a wedding a few weeks before going on vacation with her family. She planned to meet him in Miami for a date, but, was unsure how to approach her entire family about leaving to go on a date—all 30 people. So, instead of fielding all of their questions, Barone made a pamphlet that answered everything they would most likely ask her about her date.
The pamphlet started with a: “Please remain calm,” with a beautiful, calming ocean to make sure they do stay calm.
The questions went from “who is this guy,” to “where did you meet him,” to “what’s the parking situation,” and so on. Barone answered probably every question her parents/extended family would ask.
Barone told BuzzFeed that her family is truly nosy and invasive—but, she is to them, too. In fact, when she gave them the pamphlets, they loved it.
“I know that all their questions come from a place of love and caring, and I was glad I could ease any worries by overcommunicating.”
And, as it turns out, the date went super well. Unfortunately, the guy ghosted her a few weeks later—because, you know, men are dicks.
However, people online were truly in love with the idea to make a pamphlet to field super invasive and annoying questions instead of actually answering them out loud.
An inspirational approach to Big Family Problems, thank u
— kathryn margaret rose (@katstkat) May 1, 2019
“What does his/her parents do?” is a classic in my house.
This is gold.
— Theodor Dronen (@90thedro) May 1, 2019
— Cory Epstein (@cory_ep) May 2, 2019
so… what you’re saying is… if i start handing these to my mom before i go out… she’ll stop interrogating me every time i have plans?!… revolutionary. https://t.co/4P4BCzKa0T
— EM (@emily_vaughan7) May 2, 2019
this is amazIng
— 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙑𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙩 (@markvigeant) May 1, 2019
fucking genius https://t.co/E9TOaTt1To
— bell (@belllick) May 2, 2019
This woman deserves a Nobel Prize 🙌🏼 https://t.co/19pbelxmSY
— Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) May 2, 2019
white people have MASTERED passive aggression and it is so entertaining https://t.co/DYSLaUAfGq
— Myles E. Johnson (@hausmuva) May 1, 2019
Clearly, Mary needs to make a “how to” video on mastering the art of combating big, annoying, nosy families because—we all truly need it.