HAS CLARISSA GOT A BOYFRIEND?
Clarissa's been leaving the house more often during the evenings, ostensibly to spend time with friends. However, she's invariably picked up by the same person, easily recognised by the sound of his purring engine as he waits outside for Clarissa.
INSERT PHOTO OF CLARISSA LEAVING THE HOUSE
The young man is known as 'Woodsy', a curiously Australian nickname for a male with the surname Woods. And when I quizzed Clarissa about whether I'd met him was told xxxxxx
Now, all this has led me to the ineviteable question: "Has Clarissa got a boyfriend?"
A question to which Clarissa strenuously answers in the negative, and once asked me "Would I go on a date looking like this?"
The days when young men came to the door and met the parents have largely gone; they were fast disappearing when I was a teenager during the 1970s.
And so we're left in the awkward limbo of wondering what the men are like their daughters spend time with, and when we might meet them, if ever.
Of course, this is a moot point if said daughter doesn't have a boyfriend, and is actually spending time away from home to get away from her mother!
This could really go either way ...