I joke that my mother-in-law and I get along famously now that she’s in Heaven. Things weren’t always easy between us. I always wondered what it would be like to have a mother-in-law who loved me to pieces. I think she might now.
I believe Mother-in-laws should come with a mandatory manual, Mother-In-Law 101. It would make great reading on the honeymoon!!
These are the chapters from my mother-in-law’s imaginary manual.
Chapter one: How to make me happy.
Chapter two: Things you should never say or do in my presence.
Chapter three: I’m still his mother.
Chapter four: He can always come home to me.
Chapter five: How to get my family recipes, even though you are an in-law
Chapter six: We both love the same man. Accept it. Let’s have lunch.
Chapter seven: I will love you.
Chapter eight: You will love me.
Chapter nine: You aren’t so bad after all
Chapter ten: You will miss me when I’m gone.
I wish I’d had that manual the day I met her. It would have been a great guide.
Now that I’ve been a mother-in-law for a few years, I’ve created my own manual.
Chapter one: Make my daughter laugh.
Chapter two: Be a great dad to my grandchildren.
Chapter three: Don’t notice my wrinkles.
Chapter four: Compliment my cooking.
Chapter five: Show your tender side often.
Chapter six: Surprise me, but don’t scare me.
Chapter seven: A good hug is important.
Chapter eight: Tell me what’s important to you.
Chapter nine: Please don’t ever say, “Your mother is coming again?!?!”
Chapter ten: I will love you whether you like it or not.
If my son-in-laws ever write a manual on me, I will lock them in my basement. I’ll feed them gourmet meals and make sure they have cable channels. I will bring them freshly, fluffed towels and expensive shaving cream. Naturally, I’ll give them my official manual. After all, I want them to love me.
There now, everyone will be happy. Well, I’ll be happy.