Catching Fire

Alistair,

My Father-in-Law to be, otherwise a reasonable guy, wants me to bring him a Phoenix feather to prove that I’m worthy of his daughter’s hand in marriage. I fail to see exactly why bringing feathers shows that I’m good husband material, but I’m willing to play along. Any advice?

Catching Fire in Nebraska

Dear Catching,

Your failure to understand your future father-in-law’s intended point here is due to the fact that you know little of his daughter, little of phoenix feathers, or know little of either. You’re going to get burned, is what he’s saying. So since you’re asking for advice, take the time to evaluate your commitment to this relationship.

Alistair