When I was 14 and was still tip-toeing into this world, one day I broke my mother’s lipstick, and by then I had made some ladders in her tights. (I was caught a couple of times as a 5 or 6 year old – but not the same thing as when you’re a teen). She actually came to me one day and said ‘you know the broken lipstick?…. And the tights?”. Needless to say I almost had a heart attack, and didn’t know how to react. “What? Yes. No”, all flush. Then she said “I’d say you’re a stunner..”. I said ‘What?” Then she said gently “Do you want to keep something?” Then I relented and said “No! I was just messing around. I won’t do it again”. She replied “Alright, will we forget about it then?” I obviously agreed. But was left stunned for a while. I often regretted agreeing to forget it, and not letting her give me a few things, but maybe it was the best for the home situation in the long run.
My wife on the other hand, I don’t believe has ever suspected. Though once jokingly she asked if I wanted a makeover. Again, I did not know how to react!