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The Mean Mother-in-Law

My mother-in-law had the audacity to tell me my choice of clothing makes me look matronly and boring -- two traits that were sure to cause problems in my marriage. To be honest, I wanted to punch her in the face. The gall! What should I do? -- Matronly Mary

Dear Mary,

Mothers-in-law know nothing.  (Mine was a complete idiot.)  They have proven since time memorium that their principle purpose is to cause discord in the relationships of their offspring.

Perhaps a subconscious -- or even conscious -- effort to keep their chicks from leaving the nest?

Don't punch her.  That would only cause problems between you and your husband -- giving the Evil One exactly what she so desires.

Instead, swiftly end any conversation with your mother-in-law when she turns hurtful.  And, in private, share with your husband what she's said, explaining how it hurts your feelings.

-- M

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