Category: In-Laws

Putting The Fun Into Funeral, Part 3

| Prince George, BC, Canada | In-Laws, Siblings

(My brother-in-law and I have an odd dynamic. It’s all in good fun, but we fight more with each other than we do with our real siblings. Everyone is in town for my grandpa’s funeral. The night before, my brother-in-law is teasing my mom about her age, as she is turning 50 in a week. When she goes to playfully swat him, he runs around the table to hide. I grab his sleeve to keep him from escaping. He manages to accidentally pull me over backwards, chair and all. I receive some minor injuries, the most impressive of which was a palm-sized bruise fairly high up on my inner thigh. This conversation is repeated with a few people the next day.)

Relative: “So how is everyone?”

Me: *rolls eyes exaggeratedly and points thumb at [Brother-In-Law]* “This bruiser shows up and not ten minutes later he’s wrecking the joint and beating people up.”

Brother-In-Law: *turns nose up* “I did nothing! You fell off a chair!”

Relative: “…What?”

Me: “Oooh, let me show you my bruise!” *hikes skirt up high enough to show it off*

Mom: *to other relatives after watching this exchange a couple of times* “This is why we don’t usually let them out in public.”

Related:
Putting The Fun Into Funeral, Part 2
Putting The Fun Into Funeral

Barbie: The Next Generation

| UT, USA | In-Laws, Spouses & Partners

(My husband and I are discussing our baby’s new habit of pulling my hair while he falls asleep.)

Me: “I just wish there was something I could give him that feels like hair.”

Husband: *adamantly* “You cannot give our son dolls.”

(Fast forward a couple weeks. We’re visiting my in-laws, and my husband’s childhood comes up.)

Mother-In-Law: “When he was three or four, all [Husband] wanted for his birthday was Barbie dolls. So, that’s what we gave him.”

(It was really hard not to rub that in his face!)

Shot Himself In The Foot Again

| Tacoma, WA, USA | In-Laws, Parents & Guardians, Siblings

(A few years back our family is gathered in our parents’ backyard for 4th of July and my brother-in-law has just arrived, walks around back, and sees my dad. In the previous week or so he had some how shot himself in his foot. My father is notorious for making funny snide remarks about others actions.)

Brother-In-Law: *knowing my Dad will make a comment about his wound* “Go ahead, [Dad] and take your best shot.”

Dad: “Looks like you already did…”

Their Relationship Found Its Feet

| UT, USA | In-Laws

(I’m staying with my in-laws. I’m playing with my nine-month-old son. My mother-in-law is on the room with us.)

Mother-In-Law: “You have a frecklefoot?”

Me: “[Son]? Or me?”

Mother-In-Law: “You. Did you know [My Husband] has one?”

Me: “Yeah, I thought it was pretty funny when I found out we have freckles on the same foot. ”

Mother-In-Law: “Well, then it was a match made in heaven!”

Headstrong Advice

| OH, USA | In-Laws, Parents & Guardians

(My father-in-law says he has never had a headache so he doesn’t believe they are real. I suffer from frequent, intense migraines. During one particularly bad migraine, my father-in-law says to me:)

Father-In-Law: “It’s all in your head.”

Me:  “Well… duh!”

Trying To Redress The Situation

| CA, USA | In-Laws, Parents & Guardians

(I am currently planning my wedding, with the help of my fiancé. His mother wants to be helpful, but gets upset if we don’t actually need or want her help. I have just gotten fabric swatches in the mail for the bridesmaids’ dresses and she, of course, wants to see them.)

Me: “I think I am going to go with this color. It’s my absolute favorite shade of blue, and I am surprised they even have it! Not many places even have this shade of aquamarine.”

Mother-In-Law: “Oh, are you sure you want to go with that color?”

(Keep in mind that my mother-in-law helped plan her daughter’s wedding, so she thinks she knows how everything should be. However, her daughter is one of my bridesmaids and is super supportive of everything I have chosen so far.)

Me: “Um… it’s my favorite color blue, exactly what I was thinking. So, yeah, I want it.”

Mother-In-Law: “Are you really sure? That is such a hard color for people to pull off. It’s going to make [Daughter] look super pale, as well as the tan ladies look darker. It’s not very flattering.”

Me: “I am super pale, and I wear this color all the time. I think it will be fine. All the ladies are fine with it, too. This is the color I am going with.”

Mother-In-Law: *after a long pause, with her looking over all the samples again* “Well, I am sure it will look lovely on all the ladies.”

(Guess what? The dresses came, and the color worked nicely on everyone. I love my mother-in-law, but can’t wait for the wedding planning to be over!)


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