In Other Words: “I Caught My Son With the Vacuum Cleaner”
This letter is from a recent Dear Prudence column and it makes me uncomfortable.
I came home early from work on Friday to the unexpected sound of the vacuum cleaner running in my 12-year-old son’s room. Thinking that perhaps this was a sign of the apocalypse — my son cleaning his room without major nagging on my part — I burst in there and caught him with his pants down and the hose attachment attached to his, well, you know. He froze like a deer in the headlights and, after picking my jaw up off the floor, I mumbled something stupid like “excuse me” and turned around and walked out and hid in my room. He left to go to his dad’s for the weekend shortly thereafter. He will be home tomorrow night after school and I don’t know what to say to him. Actually, do I have to say anything to him or can I just act as though this never happened and not say anything about it at all? (I much prefer option two, by the way.) What do you think?
You can read Prudie’s response here. I actually agree with her. I say let the dad do the dirty work of saying, “Hey, it’s totally normal to diddle your daddle, but keep mom’s appliances out of it. Not only is that a conflict of interest, it’s potentially dangerous too. Stick to the hand for now.” Whatever the mom does, I’d tell her NOT to be like this mom. Creepy.
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