The Bookworm

When my MIL comes over to our house, she sometimes pokes around on our bookshelves, looking for something to borrow. This generally doesn’t bother me. If my conservative MIL wants to borrow some of my old college textbooks on intersectional feminism or some of my husband’s Kurt Vonnegut collection, she can be my guest. But…

The Bulldozer

My MIL sometimes resorts to what Jack and I call “bulldozing” behavior. If she thinks she’s permitted to do something, whether because of social customs or just because she thinks she’s right, she will bulldoze everyone around her in an attempt to get her way. The story that follows is a classic example of this.…

One Million Dollars

My in-laws are not what I would consider rich, but they are comfortably upper-middle class. My MIL likes to put on the appearance of being wealthy, while simultaneously being notoriously cheap. She is also obsessed with keeping tabs on other people’s money – she can tell you how much her friends made, what their homes…

The Christmas Card

The year that Jack and I got engaged, my future MIL proposed using Jack and I’s engagement photo for the family Christmas card. “And,” she enthused with a sparkle in her eye, “in an oval bubble located in the upper left corner, would be a photo of Charles and I, smiling down on you in…

Sign Language

Jack wound up proposing to me at a local art museum. He asked me to marry him using sign language, which I had taught him. I took American Sign Language (ASL) in college as my foreign language elective. By the time I met Jack, my knowledge of ASL was beginning to drop by the wayside,…

The Best

Guess who was born in June? And guess who posted this to Facebook a week before her birthday? You only get one answer. Choose wisely.

The Car Accident

Many years ago, my MIL got into a car accident. When the light turned yellow at a 4-way intersection, she turned left in front of an oncoming car and got broadsided. The next day, my husband got this email: Dear Jack, I got in a car accident yesterday! As I turned left at the intersection…