Topics: Dating Advice?
In most instances an unmarried girl maintains a decent family relationship and you will not be long a-courting before you are invited home. Be prepared for a critical “going-over.” Without a doubt, you will be thoroughly discussed after your departure. There will be more than one post-mortem. Although her parents may not always prevail with her, they are bound to try. Obviously then, if you are seeking to win her, you must also make an effort to win over her family.
You will probably resent them in the beginning; no one likes being on display. But if you try to understand their motives, you will not bear a lasting grudge.
To win their friendship and support, you must go out of your way to show interest in each one individually. You appreciate Ma’s meatballs? Say so. You are concerned about her rheumatism? Always inquire about her health and listen to her complaints without making a wry face. You think the furniture is in good taste (even if it isn’t)? Be emphatic in your approval. Is Pa working? Let him tell you about his job. Does he have a hobby? Admire his gardening, his carpentry, or whatever it is. Let him show you a few tricks. Does he play checkers or Michigan rummy? Play with him.