Guest blogger Mom de Plume: Does my mother-in-law win the "suckiest" award?
I'm freshly married, so the whole "mother-in-law from hell" thing is new to me. I used to think it was just a cliche perpetuated by sitcoms like "Everybody Loves Raymond." I was wrong. They're real. And they suck.
Last week my mother-in-law came to stay with us for eight days. Eight. Long. Days.
The first night, I made dinner -- which mind you is a feat, considering by the end of the work day I'm usually so exhausted I just microwave something for my daughter while simultaneously eating a bowl of cereal over the sink. But I so wanted to make a good impression. I ended up making chicken and broccoli mixed with rice.
At dinner I could tell my MIL wasn't happy. She picked at her food as if I had served her a plate of live snails. It was tense. Suddenly, my daughter happily asked:
"Grammy, do you like dinner?
Oh no! Now 'grammy' is going to have to lie to my face. I cringed, waiting for the fake praise. It didn't come.
"No," my MIL said directly to my wide-eyed two-year-old. "I don't like rice."
Are you kidding me?! Did she think I couldn't hear her? I was sitting right there! Can you say "triangulation?" I knew she had passive-aggressive tendencies but this was really too much. (And for the record: Who doesn't like rice?!?)
Still not convinced she's the worst? Here's a bonus example:
At one point during the week she came up to me, held both my hands and tenderly said:
"I am SO glad you and my son got together because he's a terrible housekeeper too."
1) How am I supposed to react to this woman?
2) Am I living in a bad sitcom or are all MILs like this?