Neil is a father with three adult sons, some vacation time, and a serious commitment to making holiday mischief. In short, he’s our kind of guy. He and his sons are always joking with each other, and they often travel together. Neil suddenly realized he had the perfect opportunity to combine those two things and maybe help his single sons meet some new people and make new connections.
When it came time for their next family vacation, Neil and his wife hatched a scheme. They placed an ad in the local newspaper in the area of New Zealand they’d be visiting. The ad wasn’t to other young people, but an announcement to other parents that they were coming and the three young men were “wonderful, successful, handsome, alas unmarried.” The playfully woeful parents said they hoped to introduce the men to some of the young women of New Zealand. They even went so far as to include travel dates and an email address where they could be reached!
When you’re going to mess with your kids, you commit 100%! We like that here on the internet, Neil!
“Hello parents,” the ad starts. “We are from the States (Oregon), visiting your beautiful country. My wife and I have 3 wonderful, success, handsome, alas unmarried, sons between the ages of 28-32.
It goes on:
“We are not expecting, just hoping, to introduce our sons to nice NZ daughters. At the very least we’ll embarrass our sons and the truth is, we do find some enjoyment in that. Our family will be arriving on the 26th of December 2018 and leaving on January 7, 2019.”
Unsurprisingly, the ad proved to be quite the popular talking point in New Zealand. It’s not often parents bring a genetic sampler of singlehood right to your front door and advertise it in advance to the other parents in the area. We hope. This doesn’t happen often, right?
When asked why he did it, Dad was honest. If it worked, great. But more important? It was hilarious.
“I have never done anything like this before and they don’t know. They are clueless, which I love… I have no idea what will happen, but at least we will be able to meet some people. I am sure they will be surprised and annoyed, but I am sure they will laugh. We have a good relationship and are always joking with each other. They know I am a little unusual in that regard.”
Neil is already being flooded with emails from other parents and, based on the Facebook comments, there are quite a few ladies who are interested in volunteering to show the guys around. They should be arriving in New Zealand soon, so let’s hope we will have some updates for you.