He was older by several years and made a point of it by showing her how much more ‘worldly’ he thought he was than she. He explained things to her that she didn’t need explanations for. He told her what to order in restaurants. When they went to museums he explained the art and how to view it properly.
As she got to know him better she realized he was really quite a pompous ass.
After a while the novelty of dating an ‘older man’ began to wear off. She tried putting a little distance between them. Not being available when he called. Busy when he asked her out. So when he asked to meet her parents she was surprised. He hadn’t wanted to meet her parents when they first started dating. He said it was because they wouldn’t approve of their age difference. She knew it was because it showed intent, and he had no intention of getting serious.
When he showed up at her house wearing a sports jacket she was floored. It didn’t fit with his shoulder length hair and torn jeans. And that was just the tip of the iceberg! He was overly solicitous to her parents and they noticed it.
Out of the blue he told them he was a Methodist and about how he used to sing in the choir as a boy. The more he talked the more uncomfortable she got. Just as she was about to say it was time for them to leave he said the most amazing thing she had ever heard him utter, “Mr & Mrs, the reason I asked to meet you today was for the purpose of asking for the hand of your daughter in marriage.”
“Are you out of your mind?” she said.
And that was their last date.