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March 28, 2002
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Worst gift:  My MIL gave me a Mr. Potato Head vibrating massager for my birthday, and actually had the gall to say, "Make sure you only use that on your back!"  It was in the trash immediately after they left!

        Signed - In The Trash Immediately After They Left!

RESPONSE:  In The Trash Immediately After They Left!
Give her a turkey baster for Mother's Day, and tell her to make sure she only sticks it up a turkey's @ss.

RESPONSE:  In The Trash Immediately After They Left!
Amazing.  Why on earth didn't it end up in her nostrils?  I would use that gift and verbal abuse as a very good reason as to why they are not to visit me again.  Ever.

RESPONSE:  In The Trash Immediately After They Left!
Okay - you win the award for grossest - worst gift.  Where did she get such an item?

RESPONSE:  In The Trash Immediately After They Left!
Okay, you win.  Hands down.

RESPONSE:  In The Trash Immediately After They Left!
That is a horrible, vile gift from your MIL!  I, too, would have thrown it away.  But, knowing myself, I would have done it while MIL was there to put her in her place.  Good for you for throwing this trash away.  I say that for her birthday, you should give her Viagra.

OK, so here I am at 41 raising a two year old.  I've been married for 2 years, you guessed it, because he is the "sperm donor".  So, his mom never had a daughter, nor was she ever close to her other daughters-in-law who had daughters.  She was in the delivery room, uninvited.  She became the support that "the husband" did not want to be.  I needed to rest, she was there, etc.  She says my daughter is "her soul", and I think it is sweet.  Ugh.  Suddenly, she blew up at me, "I can't watch your daughter anymore".  Then she said, "We need therapy.  I'll pay for it."  Suddenly this woman thinks I am her wife, and she wants a divorce.  Or, she wants to keep me and my family under a microscope for the rest of her life.  What is amazing is that, now that she is not in my life any longer, my husband is taking more responsibility with our daughter, and he is much sweeter to me.  Who needs an overly involved MIL?  Not me.  Oh, by the way, therapy was a disaster.  But, the saddest part is that my daughter does not get to grow up with a grandmother to influence her. Well, maybe it's better off that she showed her true colors now, instead of waiting till my daughter was old enough to feel the pain of rejection.

        Signed - Blowin' Away

RESPONSE:  Blowin' Away
It sounds like your MIL completely took over your lives, and your DH was emotionally stunted by her.  Thank God she is out of your lives now.  Hopefully, she will stay out, and you will have a long, happy marriage.  I wouldn't worry about your DD not having a relationship with the woman - look what she did to her own son!

RESPONSE:  Blowin' Away
You're married because he is "the sperm donor"?  The whole setup sounds distasteful and dysfunctional.  I feel sorry for your child.

Worst gift:  My MIL is a Jehovah's Witness who doesn't celebrate birthdays or any other organized/traditional events, except wedding anniversaries.  No one else is a JW in the family.  Yet, we all must get together and celebrate her wedding anniversary; not ours or her other daughter's anniversary.  To keep the peace, everyone goes along with her wishes, and once a year, during the Christmas Holidays, we celebrate their wedding anniversary, and she gives out gifts to us.  In great anticipation of the big yearly gift (I'm being sarcastic for effect), I opened my gift:  I got a sack containing four rolls of toilet paper, specially designed for Marine Sanitation heads.  Either I'm full-of-sh!t, or she was giving a "practical" gift.  Whatchathink?

        Signed - Still Steaming

RESPONSE:  Still Steaming
She might be a little weird, and not know how to give gifts.  That is really funny!


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