My spouse never knew my mother, who passed away some five years before we met. But my mother in law has been in my life for some 46 years.
A relationship with your mother in law can be quite complex, depending on the culture you live in. I majored in cultural anthropology back in my college days, and learned about societies where a man had to avoid contact with his mother in law at all costs.
In our society, some relationships are close, and some are not. One newspaper even published some quotes to provide your mother in law with, if you chose to.
In other cultures, like ours, the daughter in laws and mother in laws have varying relationships. I've seen some of the various flavors (as I am old enough for my friends and I to have grown children) - some good, some not so good. I am not the parent of a married child, so only time will tell how I take my position in any such future relationship.
|Japanese anemones - their foliage is turning color|
For my mother in law, who I will not be seeing today, here are a couple of virtual flowers for you.
My mother in law is a three time cancer survivor, has raised and cared for a son who is developmentally disabled, and has shown strength in a lot of situations. One thing she can not say is that her life has not been boring. And now, she is still starring in still another role- how to age with grace.
Happy mother in law's day to all the women who are in the role of mother in law.
Day 23 of the #Ultimate Blog Challenge.