A conversation I had with my mother recently…
Me: I’m so glad you aren’t my mother-in-law.
Mom: What do you mean??? I’m a great mother-in-law.
Me: That’s not what Marisa says.
Mom: Marisa would never say that!
Me: No…not to your face.
I tease my mother all the time that she’s a horrible mother-in-law. I do this because she prides herself on being a good mother-in-law and teasing her about it makes me laugh and drives her crazy.
The truth is…my mom’s pretty good. She’s not super nosy or bossy…although she is a little opinionated and she constantly yells at J to sit down when he’s at her house. But overall, she’s good.
The other day I read an article about a woman who takes the prize as the worst mother-in-law on the planet…
The article said that Carolyn Bourne, a British woman, sent her daughter-in-law to be the following email…
from: Carolyn Bourne
to: heidi withers
subject: your lack of manners
Here are a few examples of your lack of manners:
When you are a guest in another’s house, you do not declare what you will and will not eat – unless you are positively allergic to something.
You do not remark that you do not have enough food.
You do not start before everyone else.
You do not take additional helpings without being invited to by your host.
When a guest in another’s house, you do not lie in bed until late morning in households that rise early – you fall in line with house norms.
You should never ever insult the family you are about to join at any time and most definitely not in public. I gather you passed this off as a joke but the reaction in the pub was one of shock, not laughter.
You regularly draw attention to yourself. Perhaps you should ask yourself why. No one gets married in a castle unless they own it. It is brash, celebrity style behaviour.
I understand your parents are unable to contribute very much towards the cost of your wedding. (There is nothing wrong with that except that convention is such that one might presume they would have saved over the years for their daughters’ marriages.)
If this is the case, it would be most ladylike and gracious to lower your sights and have a modest wedding as befits both your incomes.
One could be accused of thinking that Heidi Withers must be patting herself on the back for having caught a most eligible young man. I pity Freddie.
Wow. I pity Freddie too. That woman is the world’s worst mother-in-law. I don’t know what I’d do if I got an email like this…but I’m sure I’d blog about it. Luckily, I don’t foresee that happening…I don’t even think J’s mom has email and she’d never say nasty things like this!
What do you guys think of your mothers-in-law? Do any of them give this lady a run for her money?
By the way…my sister-in-law never said anything bad about my mother and when she heard about the conversation I had with my mom, she labeled me a shit-stirrer!