- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 1998
My husband’s sister and I will never see eye-to-eye; for that, I’m grateful that she lives several states away, so we’ll never be obligated to see each other on a weekly or even monthly basis. In any case, my mother-in-law showed up to drop off some things she borrowed today.
She walked in and handed me some handwritten cards, telling me they should have been included with my Christmas gift. I noticed that she seemed very awkward, and she mumbled a, “Some of that you already know, I’m sure…”
Some were recipes from my sister-in-law. But most of the cards contained very condescending, patronizing “cooking tips.”
Some of these genius ideas included, “Measuring when baking – it’s a SCIENCE.”
Or “BAKING POWDER AND BAKING SODA ARE NOT THE SAME THING.”
Or: “Placing a wooden spoon in a pot won’t prevent overboiling.” I’ve heard of that one before but just..you know…always removed said pot from heat source or turned down the heat if I was that worried about it.
This is not unusual for this sister-in-law. Months ago, when my brother’s wife found out she was expecting, husband’s sister sent a lengthy email saying that I needed to tell my other sister-in-law to do them. It’s always this way with this girl – she thinks that by virtue of saying “I do” and firing out a baby that she’s a subject matter expert.
I’ve never understood the “unsolicited advice” mentality. But I have to admit, while the tone of the cards pissed me off initially, I’m getting a good laugh out of them now. I’m grateful that at least my Mother-In-Law had the same awkward air about it – she had to know that they would come off as offensive or annoying.
So, what are your great stories? I’m not looking for solutions here – just something to amuse myself. This same sister-in-law also once told me I shouldn’t use garlic salt (“Because it’s high in sodium”…uh…it’s salt). And, when we were once moving, insisted she knew all the secrets to moving and that she would love to give me her great tips (“Label all the boxes so you know where everything goes!”).