Friendships often extend beyond our peers to include the families of those we hold dear. However, there are times when we encounter a friend’s parent whose behavior or quirks leave us completely baffled. In this collection of stories, individuals recount their most peculiar and unforgettable encounters with their friends’ parents.
From eccentric habits and unusual hobbies to surprising secrets and unconventional conversations, these encounters showcase the fascinating and sometimes bizarre world of other people’s parents.
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“I was 12 years old, over at a friend’s place. When I had to leave to go home his mother came running after me screaming that I couldn’t leave, I was already halfway down a set of stairs and just knew something was wrong, so I said I had to and continued on. She was still screaming for me to come back.
I told my parents when I got home and they just looked at each other. Then nothing more happened.
A few weeks later I was over there again, everything was normal. My friend asked if I wanted to sleep over, he had the NES so of course I wanted to. My parents didn’t let me though. True story, that night his mother beat him to death with a wooden boat he had made in woodshop class.
She was a diagnosed schizophrenic. My parents knew but they only told me after his death.”
I Hope He Told His Girlfriend
“When I was in high school, I was having dinner at my girlfriend’s parents’ place one night and she has two older brothers that were there as well. So I was setting my plate down at the table when suddenly I feel someone slap my a*s. I thought it was my girlfriend but I turned around and it was her dad.
We both just looked at each other. Then he apologized and said he thought I was one of his sons. I could tell he was pretty embarrassed. That was an awkward dinner. Especially because he didn’t like me very much.”
That Escalated Quickly
“My friend had moved back in with her mom when we were in our late 20s. Their mom lived around the corner from me, so it was not uncommon for them to invite me over for drinks/dinner/hang out.
One night I was walking back from a bar and my friend texted me to come over and have a drink, I was only a block or two away so I thought, ‘Sure, why not,’ and headed there. I arrived and both my friend and her mother were already feeling it and listening to music in the lounge room. We all drank some wine together and were talking.
About an hour or two later, my friend just hit the wall and wanted to go to sleep. I told her mom I would go home and walked her down the hallway to bed but her mother called out, ‘I just poured you another wine,’ so I put my friend to bed and headed back down the hallway to the lounge room.
Straight away the mother changed the music to something more romantic, and the lights were dimmed. She told me to sit by her and within moments was telling me how I was always her favorite of her daughter’s friends and placed a hand on my thigh.
I’m not going to lie, I always fancied her. She was a top-notch MILF when we were growing up and was a flirty, fun type. We made out a little right there on the couch then hooked up.
We made loose plans to meet up again, but ultimately decided it was too risky and left it at that and decided that it would be our secret and never tell anyone.
Sadly, she died suddenly last year and this is the first I’ve ever told anyone about it.”
I Personally Would Have Kept That To Myself
“We were white water rafting in Maine. I was in a truck with my friend, a different friend’s dad, and 2 roughly ten-year-old boys going to the pickup spot at the end of the rafting route. I’m in the passenger seat and the dad is driving. I was about 17 at the time, and the topic of ‘being a man’ came up. He talked about how sometimes you just need to follow your dreams. We’re all listening at this point. He then tells us this isn’t his first life.
He told us he moved to the west coast when he was really young and started a family. Wife, kids. He said liked them decently enough but he wanted to get more out of life.
So one day he went out to pick up some milk and never went back. I don’t know how the kids in the truck took the story, but my friend and I were pretty WTF the rest of the trip.”
He Sounds Awesome
“Senior year of high school, I asked out a girl right before school ends for the summer. She said she wanted to stay friends. Bummer, but at least I’ll never kick myself for not trying. I was still invited to her graduation party at her house so I went, as I also enjoyed being friends with her regardless of any romance.
At the party, her dad met me in the kitchen and patted me on the back saying, ‘Bummer about her saying no. If it was up to me you’d already be my son-in-law.’ Not sure how to respond I awkwardly laughed and said thanks.
Not 20 minutes later he walked into a shed outside and asked us teenagers if we wanted to see a magic trick. He then proceeded to pull a dove out of his pants. A living, breathing dove.
The guy was/is one of the nicest people I’ve met, but I never knew what he was going to say or do next.”
She Sounds Fun
“In high school, my friend was dating a guy and we both were invited by him to his house. His mom was super mean though and acted like us being there was awful. I rang the doorbell and was invited inside by the mom. I was there for an hour and had to go outside to get something out of my car.
I came back inside and heard, ‘Um excuse me?!’
‘I’m sorry, yes?’
‘You didn’t ring the doorbell before BARGING into my HOME.’
‘Oh I’m sorry, uh should I go back outside?’
‘We wait to be invited inside this house.’
I went back outside and the door was closed on me.
I rang the doorbell and heard the Mom say, ‘Who is it?’
‘Hi, I’m just here to see your son.’
‘Just a moment,’ opens the door, ‘Please come inside.’
Turns out every time you leave the house even for a second she expected the pageantry of a first invite.”
This Is Amazing
“My friend’s dad suddenly had a staring contest over dinner one night and we just kept on having them after that. We never talked, nothing happened, just had a staring contest every time I had dinner over there. I was ten at the time.”
I Feel Like She Was Telling Herself That
“We picked up my friend’s mom one night at a bar cause she was drunk and on the way back she kept yelling, ‘I’m not going to f you,’ to me in the backseat.
I was high out of my mind. But yeah that was the strangest 1-hour ride of my life.”