It’s not a bagel, I told myself. It’s just oddly shaped toast. Don’t think about real bagels. It was a kind gesture. Appreciate it. I said that to myself every morning the first time I visited my in-laws in Kansas. My husband, who after 4 years of living in New Jersey finally understands what I […]
While on our family summer vacation in Sea Isle City, my mother-in-law and I passed a newly built playground, complete with rubber bottom and age appropriated signage. “They just didn’t have those kinds of things for my kids,” my mother-in-law sighed with regret. Her regret is not really targeted at herself, but at the society […]
As I’ve mentioned before, my personal exposure to death came at a relatively young age when my dad passed away after a brief but intense illness. Subconsciously, it has colored several parts of my life even now. However, I’ve never regretted missing his funeral. The Saturday morning before Thanksgiving started off with my mom turning […]
My mother-in-law plans to retire this year. The feeling is bittersweet…for me. Come June, my unsolicited, non-compensated children’s fashion stylist will retire. Since my pregnancy announcement nine years ago, my mother-in-law (MIL) unofficially appointed herself my future children’s fashion stylist, an appointment I simultaneously enjoy and shamefully resent. When my MIL found out about my […]
My husband comes from a family of 10. You can say that his brother (a confessed, even proud, slob) would not care if my house is a disaster, but all it takes is one off-handed comment to one of my FOUR sisters-in-law and the family switchboard would get the broadcast: my husband is living in squalor. I love my mother in law dearly, but really, I don’t need her hearing about sand on the floor, much less cat puke.