My sister was born in Boston and loves the Red Sox. My father, a born-and-raised Illinoisan, is a die-hard White Sox fan. So every few years, they go on a father-daughter outing to a Red Sox-White Sox game.
This outing generally means that they both travel to Boston for the game. One year, my college-age sister and my father realized that they were getting odd looks from the hotel staff. Looks that turned into sighs of relief only when my father loudly announced that he was checking in with his daughter
The hotel staff thought my father and my sister were together. As in, sexually.
Objectively, this isn't horribly surprising. My father had my sister when he was 27. A 27-year age difference is uncommon, but it does exist. Also, my father is blonde and blue-eyed, while my sister takes after my Japanese mother. They don't look alike at all, so I can understand why the hotel staff would think what they did. Still, it's my father and my older sister, so um, ew.
This has happened to other people I know. My friend Jenny was taking care of her niece with her older brother. A woman commented, "What a beautiful family," much to Jenny's chagrin and insistence that he was her brother
, not her husband.
I've never had this happen with anyone I'm related to, thankfully. The only male relatives I have are my cousins, who I hardly ever see, and my father. And I look way whiter than my sister, so people tend to realize that my father and I are related.Has this ever happened to you? How did you deal?
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