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My MIL lives in another state, which is a wonderful thing. For
Christmas a few years ago, she mailed us a card with a $25 check.
The memo on the check was, "For your Christmas Dinner, buy yourselves
a pizza." How RUDE! Not only was I angry about her
heartlessness towards me, but why do that to her son? OR her
grandchildren??? She never mentioned anything about the check.
Could it be that her embarrassment was just too much? The check
bounced!! I have a million stories about my MIL. I'll
bet I could top any of the stories here. It's a never-ending
signed - DIL of Broom Hilda
My MIL gave my husband a "rent one get one free" video coupon
that came on top of the pizza box for his 30th birthday. The
same year, for Christmas, I received a used cookbook with food stains
signed - Video Coupon
This year I did not have to suffer the company of my MIL, as she has
chosen not to have us in her life anymore. But she did send
gifts with my BIL for us. I'm at a loss at how to word the "thank
you" card. I got a bright red pair of footsie slippers,
with a dog emblazoned on each one, with rubber non-slip stamps on
the bottom. Surely everyone knows the ones I mean. The
catch to this is that, for years she told me never to buy this particular
type of sock because she had broken her leg wearing a pair, and she
considered them to be unsafe, in fact dangerous, to wear. I
guess I know what she thinks of me! LOL
signed - Merry Christmas,
Break a Leg, Love -- Your MIL
RESPONSE: Merry Christmas, Break a Leg
So, you're not sure how to word the thank you note? Here's my
advice: don't bother sending one. Since she chooses not to have
you in her life anyway, what's the difference? Obviously you
are someone above and beyond your Mil's brand of crap if you're planning
to send her thank you notes for her "gifts". For that
you should be commended. On second thought, maybe you should
show her up - send her the cheesiest, ooziest, most sugar coated thank
you note. "Dear MIL ... thank you SOOOOOO much for the
wonderful red slipper socks!" If you want to let your nasty
side out a little bit you can add something like, "I'll be sure
to be extra careful when I wear them, because I know that they can
sometimes be a little slippery."
| Worst gift:
Dishwasher detergent, so she could clean my house when she came over
(hint -- my house is not dirty, it is rather clean.) she would have
something to use. Insert evil sounding laugh here. I think
that says it all.
signed - All Washed Out!!!
| Worst gift:
This Christmas from my grandmother-in-law, who hasn't liked me from
day one, I received a $5 gift certificate to a fast food hamburger
place. I've mentioned countless times that I absolutely CANNOT
stand that place.
signed - Don't Like Those
My future MIL gave me a three foot plastic witch that lights up when
plugged in, for my birthday. I thought it was a joke.
It is awful!!! The only good that came out of it is the many
jokes my friends get out of it.
signed - Can't Wait 'Til
RESPONSE: Can't wait 'til next birthday
Could you send the plastic witch to me? I'd love to give it
to my MIL for Mother's Day. It sounds like the perfect gift
for her. I'm just sorry that YOU had to get such a gift from
your MIL. SHE'S the one who sounds like the true witch!!!!!!!
I am 5'8" tall. Mil gave me "petite" size sweats
(she is petite, only in height though, LOL). She always makes
comments on how tall I am, and how much she wished she were taller.
Maybe she figured I shrink when I wear them?
signed - Not Wanting A
RESPONSE: Not wanting a "small" present
I know one way to lose weight. Lose your MIL!!! What a
tacky thing, to give you small pajamas knowing they would not fit.
You should give her XXXL clothes for her birthday. I am a big
girl too, and my MIL was always sharing with me her recent clothes
purchases, along with comments like, "When you lose weight, I
can share this with you," or "I tried to find the same thing
for you but your size is in a different department." Gag!
Anyway, I lost about 150 lbs of MIL, and my life has never been the
same. No diets, no exercise or special TV offers. I simply
refuse to be around her. My DH understands (the constant criticism
is normal to him), but he respects my decision to have a fat-free
RESPONSE: response to "Not wanting a Small present"
What A B*tch. If that were me, I wouldn't be speaking to her
for a long, long while after that. Nor would we be visiting.
Nor would we be calling. Nor would we answer any of her calls/emails/etc.
I love my caller I.D. I never knew it would be THIS handy (in
avoiding MIL aggravation).
RESPONSE: Not wanting a small present
Merry Christmas to you. It is a pity people use this holiday
for their own character defects. Graciously hand her anything
unacceptable right back in her lap. You are way too big for
that treatment too!
RESPONSE: Not Wanting A "Small" Present
Don't let her get to you. This is a classic control freak move
on Mil's part. Next present that you receive that is in a wrong
size, either exchange it for the size that you need (or something
better)! or donate it to a charity and take the tax write-off for
yourself. Don't even tell her about it.
RESPONSE: Not Wanting A "Small" Present
My MIL and SIL are petite and small. I'm nearly 6 feet tall
in bare feet and am close to 200 lbs. I have had to endure commentary
on my weight, my height, my foot size, et al, ever since I first met
my husband's family. It's hopelessly rude ... even assuming
I was INTERESTED in dieting. Can anyone tell me a good way to
get shorter, for heaven's sake?
I just keep reminding myself that yes, I am a bigger person in every
sense then they are ... and if they get too snippy, I can snap those
little bird bones without much effort.