Post # 1
Anyone else have a critical MIL?
LOL, thought so.
I have been dealing with my (very nice, generous, but opinionated) MIL by attempts to use humor and a wisely timed silences.
Here are some from mine:
“You CAN’T wear FLAT SHOES! You’ll look like a midget!” (I said at least I’ll be comfortable midget!)
“You HAVE TO do a garter toss! We did one!” (Silence.)
“You can’t carry baby’s breath only, you HAVE TO put something else in the bouquet!” (But I LIKE baby’s breath.)
“You HAVE to have favors guests can take away with them.” (as opposed to flip flops, things to use at the reception – here I quote Ryan Howard from the Office “I could throw it away now, or I could throw it away a month from now.” Just not my thing!)
“You CAN’T have a receiving line at the church! You have to have everyone come up to you after you enter the reception, and greet you. That’s is how I’ve always seen it done.” (That’s how I’ve NEVER seen it done)
And after a very nice, lovely gift of a satin robe + nightgown picked out by BOTH my fiance’s parents – I said I wanted to wear the robe the wedding morning for getting ready pictures. “You CAN’T wear it the wedding morning! You HAVE to wear it the wedding night.” (I wanted to say Whose gonna make me?, but instead chose silence.)
Anyone else have some good criticism to share from their MIL? I am holding onto my sense of humor for dear life and would enjoy reading others’ zingers and comebacks!
Post # 3
@rollerskates: haha my MIL is funding about 2/3 of our wedding.
FMIL “how are you going to transport the boutennieres?”
Me: “we aren’t having boutennieres”
FMIL: “what do you mean you aren’t having boutennieres?? what are the boys going to wear?!”
that’s really the only one i can think of right now, she is a character though so maybe ill remember others.
Post # 4
My favorites were always delivered by DH. Example:
MIL: Insert crazy comment here
DH: Yeah, but it’s littlemisst08 and I’s wedding, isn’t it?
MIL: Well of course…
Post # 5
I don’t have any comebacks but this is between MIL and H.
H: We’re having the wedding on a Friday
MIL: Don’t you think that’s inconvenient for a lot of people? blah blah blah blah blah
H: It’s MY wedding…
MIL: IT’S YOUR WEDDING?!?!?????? [screams at H for an hour until he leaves. Then screams at him somemore for a few more hours when he comes back later in the day.]
MIL: Why don’t you like living with me? Is it because of the yelling?
MIL: Everyone yells.
H: Not like you.
MIL: I’ll stop yelling, I promise.
H: It’s not that simple.
MIL: Well if that’s how you feel about me, I must be really pathetic. I should just kill myself.
H: Your epitaph will read, “She yelled.”
[they both laugh]
Another response that H has had to MIL saying “everyone yells” is “tmsing doesn’t yell.” We have our disagreements and raise our voices sometimes but they diffuse and are settled very quickly. Of course she thinks we’re lying when we say we don’t fight.
MIL: Why does everyone hate me.
H: Do you want some cheese with that whine?
MIL: I’m having a heart attack.
H [to FIL]: So the dogs are out of food, we should probably get some today.
MIL: I just said I’m having a heart attack!!! [walks off in a huff. She always claims to be having a heart attack when you disagree with her or don’t pay her attention.]