A woman has opened up about the time she unknowingly ended up having a one-night stand with the man who would become her father-in-law.
The anonymous woman from Australia told Kidspot that she'd always had "a thing for older guys" and even admitted to have "daddy issues".
"My father was never around growing up, and I really liked the nurturing care that an older guy could provide," she said. "I also have a soft spot for salt-and-pepper hair and a newsreader sort of face."
After years of dating older men, she met her husband-to-be on a dating app. He was the same age as her.
"It was nice – we had a lot in common and we had similar memories of growing up during the late 80s and early 90s. Brisbane is still small enough that we even knew some of the same people, and for the first time I really liked dating someone my own age," she told Kidspot.
Things got really awkward when it was time to meet Tony's parents.
"When things started to get serious with Tony, he introduced me to his mum, but said his dad Martin was off sailing somewhere in the Caribbean. A bit of a free spirit, he and Tony's mum Diane had divorced when Tony and his younger sister were still in primary school," she recalls.
Despite seeing photos, nothing twigged her brain. "It wasn't until after Tony had proposed and we were planning the wedding that things got super awkward."
Martin, the future father-in-law began sailing back to Australia in order to be back for his son's big day. He returned with his much younger girlfriend Marnie.
Tony warned her his dad had a thing "for the young ones".
"I laughed it off and didn't give it a second thought until Martin and Marnie knocked on our front door, a few weeks before the wedding.
"There he stood, a guy I'd had a one-night-stand with a few years earlier. I knew him as Marty, and there was no doubt in my mind it was the same guy. Suddenly I put it all together – Tony's childhood photos, a drunken encounter at the races, sneaking out of his apartment across the road from the marina the next morning so I wouldn't have to give him my number."
She could tell Martin had recognised her too but none of them said a word.
Martin and Marnie sailed away into the sunset not long after the wedding.
"They come home about once a year and I have to endure a polite smiling lunch or two, but that's a small price to pay for keeping our secret. My lips are permanently sealed on that one."