BG: Boyfriend's dad is kind of a silly guy, I think. We've been together for about 16 months and it hasn't been in the cards to meet his parents, as they live across the country. We did talk on the phone once a few months ago. I was on speaker with the two of them, and it was kind of awkward. They mainly asked me about religion (whether I was of a faith that neither they, nor their son, nor I practice), related a story about why they don't practice that religion, and asked whether I loved their son. BF isn't very close to them, but they have a cordial rapport. I didn't have a lot to go on as far as conversational topics. /BG
Today, BF's dad asked if him to relay a request that I chat with him online. I said that would be fine because I didn't have any reason to refuse.
Just now, I got an email from him that reads, in its entirety, "Hi." Plus a signature that indicates it's sent from his work email. And a subject line that says, "BFName's Dad."
I don't really have anything to say to him (nor do I really want to be obligated to chat regularly), but I feel like I should reply. What would you say?
I'm sure there's not one right answer, but I do know that we have next to nothing in common except that we both think his son is cool, so basic small talk seems an ocean away.
ETA: He added me on Google+ just now, too.