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QI recently sent a moderately risqué text message intended for my husband to his father by mistake. I soon realised my error and quickly explained. He didn’t take offence and responded jovially, but has since been messaging me with some regularity, which is starting to make me uncomfortable. What do I do?
AI know exactly what you mean—nothing actually predatory, but just nudging the line. What you do is this: first, find a tiny, tiny child from within the family. Being a tiny, tiny child, it will know how to create something on your phone called a Whatsapp Group Chat between you and your family members.
Be sure to add your father-in-law, your husband and the child, sending a chortling message of welcome in the aren’t-we-all-having-fun tone of Mrs Durrell in that splendid television series. Thereafter, use only this forum when messaging your husband’s father.
It becomes self-policing: if he makes off-colour remarks, the tiny, tiny child will ping back ‘Yuk! Inappropriate!’. However, he won’t do so, because he is now being watched.
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