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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jul 2018 5:38 a.m. PST

So … I like my mother-in-law. But I also like mother-in-law jokes. As a trope, an idiom, a philosophical concept. But that frame of reference occasionally crashes with reality.

I was at my m-i-l's for their small town, big deal (small town near a military base with lots of support) Forth of July parade. We were there all week for visiting, helping set up, helping clean up, etc. (Hey, four days of leave gives you nine days to do something!).

So I brought some minis to convert and paint while we were sitting around talking or watching World Cup matches. I had them on a little TV tray that I could shove out of the way when I needed to or pull out and do some work. Basically the same thing as SWMBO having her knitting available, and other such things.

On the fifth, they were not out. M-i-l commented that she appreciated the help she got cleaning up and I could take out the minis and keep working on them. No problem. I mentioned that I was done with the ones I brought.

She said, "Well, then, you must need to buy some more."

SWMBO was not amused.

Stryderg10 Jul 2018 5:51 a.m. PST

Does your wife get along with your mother in law? That could have been a backhanded swipe on that vector. Or just a disturbance in the Force.

Choctaw10 Jul 2018 5:57 a.m. PST

Sounds like a very good mother-in-law. Mine lived with us for twelve years and never caused any problems.

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2018 6:17 a.m. PST

Jeez, maybe you married the wrong one in that family, lol.

Old Wolfman10 Jul 2018 6:45 a.m. PST

Mine's been gone a few years now. She was a registered nurse. Unfortunately,she was a habitual smoker.

jefritrout10 Jul 2018 6:55 a.m. PST

I have my mother-in-law staying with us for the Summer. This could quite possibly be her last trip to the US. But just like Etotheipi and Choctaw, I have a very good mother-in-law.

ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2018 7:54 a.m. PST

I had a good mother in law. She sided with me when my wife complained. Too bad she died a long time ago.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2018 9:32 a.m. PST

Etotheipi: "So … I like my mother-in-law. But I also like mother-in-law jokes."

Same here!

Dan

Mike Target11 Jul 2018 5:34 a.m. PST

My M-I-L gets me toy soldiers for crimbo (a Demagorgan and a platoon of Mantics GCPS infantry last year!) , and when my wife complains that I've turned half the house into a workshop/storage for more figures the M-I-L tells her to stop being mean to me…

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