As far as I know, there are two ends of the spectrum with in-laws:
The Unicorn — that miraculous relationship where a woman and her in-laws are seamlessly co-annexed into each other’s family; everyone just hugs all the time — and The Opposite — the entertaining-to-hear-but-not-live-out drama; the reason no one said “Huh? I don’t get it” when a movie came out titled “Monster-in-law.”
But most relationships fall somewhere in the middle of the line and probably slide back and forth on it depending on what’s happening in life. Each family has its own dynamics (read: brand of crazy), and entering into a second one as a fully-opinionated adult is nobody’s walk in the park – well, except for that darn unicorn.
So, with Mother’s Day on the horizon and lots of mama’s and mama’s mamas getting love, I’m going to do some unsolicited PR for your MIL. Here are four observations I’ve picked up from years of watching and listening and being married. You’re welcome, Linda.