MEET MY EX–BEST FRIEND’S LOVER’S SON
You’re over 30 and have been with the same guy for three years, but you are not married. Calling him your boyfriend seems childish. Significant other is a euphemistic mouthful. Partner sounds as if you’re in business together, and lover seems too steamy. How do you introduce him? Along similar lines, how do you introduce your ex-husband? Or his sister, who is still your friend, or his biological children with his new wife?
Simple. Introduce the person by name. “Debbie, I’d like you to meet Ian. Ian, this is Debbie.” As the conversation progresses, the subject of how you know each other may come up naturally. You can decide then how much to disclose. Most people you meet will not need to know—nor will they even be that interested in— your family history and dramas.