I was slightly mortified last week to be referred to as someone's "work dad".
We were chatting away over the desks about a mutual colleague's new(-ish) boyfriend. They've been going out for a few months now and seem very happy together, which is clearly very nice. I was first introduced to this chap at a Twenty:20 game at Trent Bridge in the summer and I was saying to my colleague how nervous he seemed.
"Well, of course he seemed nervous. It's quite a big deal meeting someone's work dad".
I'm sorry, what?
I'm about fifteen years older than these girls, who both used to be in my team a couple of years ago. To be honest, I don't tend to think all that deeply about our friendship: they're colleagues that I used to manage and with whom I get on pretty well. I certainly don't try and define our relationship in familial terms....Work dad, though? REALLY?
...If I have to be a part of someone's work family, wouldn't I more naturally suggest the roles of cool older brother or groovy uncle? Work dad? COME ON!
I quickly changed the subject to conceal my outrage.
"I still haven't forgiven your boyfriend for standing you up before your first date"
"That was three years ago"
Work dad. I ask you!