My daughters were Lifers at Lancaster Country Day School, kindergarten through high school. LCDS is a small, private school that graduates about 40 or 50 students per year. the girls were two years apart, played on the same sports teams in middle and high school and had friends in common so they sometimes attended the same parties.
A lot of the girls on the teams had been to sleepovers at our house and knew me as they Dad who sometimes rode to sports games. They also knew I had a job that took me overseas every month. So the girls would sometimes get calls from Hong Kong or Australia or Argentina. I was also one of the only parents who had served in the military.
So at one of the sleepover parties, my older daughter told one of her friends that I was an assassin--that's why I was overseas all the time. The company I worked for had an office in Paris and often the round-the-world trips I took began in Paris, then continued to Singapore, Beijing, Perth, Hong Kong and other mysterious sounding places.
My daughter told the other girl not to tell anyone which meant within a week every girl and many boys in the school had heard Lauren and Lisa's Dad was an assassin. It was month's later when I heard about, when the story had been pretty well debunked. But for a while I was the coolest Dad at LCDS! There were a lot of cool Dads--heart surgeons, lawyers, and CEOs, but only one assassin.