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Old 12-20-2006, 01:14 PM   #1
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Mother-in-law, Angel Or Witch?

With Christmas just around the corner, visits by in-laws are as inevitable as snow in winter. For me, this year I am expected as usual to play host to mil. Unfortunately other commitments have made it very difficult to put up the usual Christmas decorations and prepare the usual fare. For sure it's not the old lady's fault but I would long for a quiet Christmas under the circumstances. However, it is hard to say no to your own family especially so when mil feels that visiting over the holidays is part and parcel of the Christmas spirit and tradition.

All this does not make mil quite a witch although she can be at times. She can be an angel too in more ways than one, e.g. by buying me a nice Christmas present without fail.

I am quite undecided as to whether she is an angel or a witch. Maybe Father Christmas will have the answer for me. But how about your mil?

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Old 12-20-2006, 01:20 PM   #2
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On the advise of counsel, I'm going to decline to answer this question...

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Old 12-20-2006, 01:22 PM   #3
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I don't think that it is nice to call her a Witch but I definitely would call her something nice.

I am an only child and lost my mom and dad many years ago. I have one cousin in Las Vegas so my friends are my family.

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Old 12-20-2006, 01:31 PM   #4
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I could not be luckier with my MIL. She is one of the most caring and sweetest woman I have ever met.
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:45 PM   #5
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Angel from day one. She's my biggest supporter and cheerleader. She's the mother I never had and wished for and I'm so lucky to have her. My birth mother could've cared less about/for me.

My MIL will be 93 the end of January and I know she won't be around forever, even though I wish she could. I've been blessed to have known her for 30 years, which is almost half of my life. I can't imagine life without her.

She's a wonderful role model and has had her share of bumps in life. Not the least of which was losing Buck's older brother (3 years older) to polio when Buck was only about 5. Then shortly after that, Buck contracted polio. I'd have been a basket case.

She and Buck's father ran a business together and weathered some serious challenges, but she always made it through.

Then, as she and her husband were at the threshold of retirement, Buck's father died. She's been alone since 1976. Lost a dear boyfriend suddenly of a heart attack in 1985. She's gone on and is one of the strongest ladies I have ever met. I've learned a lot from her and look forward to learning more. She's a pearl. No. A diamond.
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:10 PM   #6
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Mine is a crazy WITCH. And I thought my first MIL was nuts, but MIL #2 is certifiable. She is a hoader and never throws ANYTHING away. I have never been inside her house, she won't let anyone in because she doesn't want to hear the gasps of horror when we see the crap she has stacked up everywhere. She expects my husband & I to host the Xmas party and every year she is always 2 hours late. She will call you twenty times to tell you she is on the way, but always alwasy terribly late. Then she stays until you are ready to put your jammies on and won't take a hint and leave at a decent hour.

She and I had it out earlier this year (when my husband donated one of his kidneys to her) and I haven't made an plans for having his side of the family to our house. I am hoping and quietly praying that they have the good sense not to bring it up this year. I would be very happy if Christmas passed with no visit from crazy Carole this year.

Thanks for starting this thread - feels good to vent!
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:16 PM   #7
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Toots,

All you had to do was ask us not to come but now that I know you are still having a party, I'll be there ... maybe a little bit late.

And as for me being a hoarder, I'm leaving it all to you in my will.

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Old 12-20-2006, 03:37 PM   #9
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Toots,

All you had to do was ask us not to come but now that I know you are still having a party, I'll be there ... maybe a little bit late.

And as for me being a hoarder, I'm leaving it all to you in my will.

Love,

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This would be funny if it weren't true. Carole many times half-asks my husband to help her clean up her house so she can sell it. But every time he tries to throw ANYTHING away she has a major freak out fit. The last time she brought this up, I told him to tell her not to worry, we'll clean the house up when she is dead!

All I can say is thank God the liquor store will be open on Xmas Day - I'll need it if I have to deal with her.
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Get her to buy a new place (so she doesn't move in with you). Tell her y'all will take care of the moving. Send her on a cruise and toss all the crapola while she's in international water.

She'll be delighted to come home to a new place that is junkless.
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