Our eldest daughter had brought a friend over for dinner, so the table was full again. Eldest Son had just taken the youngest two off to church youth group, when we got a phone call from middle daughter in Senegal.
She put her friend Pascal (from Casamance) on the line. His English is much improved, and he asked my permission to marry my daughter. (Not a surprise: I'd already guessed that was the purpose of this trip.)
They know the difficulties, and the "fish out of water" problems in both directions; and have a few milestones to be worked out first. I said "Oui."
Update: Strictly speaking, he asked permission to enter the family as a son.