DEAR ABBY: The other day at my in-laws', my mother-in-law, father-in-law, "Bert," and I were in their computer room. Bert has pictures of his family posted on his bulletin board.
One of the photos he posted recently I found disturbing. It was of a young, well-endowed woman in her early 20s wearing a tight tube top. What disturbed me was that Bert has printed my 16-year-old daughter's name underneath and the date "2017." When I asked him about it, he said that was what she will look like at 21. I think it's unnerving for a grandfather to be picturing his only granddaughter in such a manner.
How should I broach the subject that the photo needs to come down?
- Concerned Father
from Great Lakes
DEAR CONCERNED FATHER: Grandpa "Bert" appears to be a dirty old man. It would have more impact if you, your wife AND your mother-in-law confront him together. Tell him that putting your daughter's name under the picture was in poor taste and you ALL want the picture with your daughter's name shredded.
Privately, your wife should ask your daughter if Grandpa Bert has ever done anything that made her uncomfortable. If the answer is yes, confront him. If not, explain your concerns to your daughter, and she can always come to you with any concerns of her own.