I'm guessing most of us, when we were starry-eyed and filled with dreams at our wedding altars, missed the woman in the middle with folded arms and a frown on her face. Otherwise known as our soon-to-be . . . .
Shudder. Just saying the words sends tingles down your spine, doesn't it?
Okay, me neither. But sometimes a dramatic flair comes over me and I just can't help myself.
The truth is I was blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law and now a step-mother-in-law. Kind, loving, helpful. But I know many women who don't share that kind of relationship with their mothers or daughters-in-law.
My good friend is writing a non-fiction book on mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships. She is gathering vignettes and opinions along the way to deal with issues in her book. I told her I would blog this and get your views on the matter. :-)
As a daughter-in-law, I wanted to be the best I could be. Now that I'm older, as a mother-in-law, I want to be the best I can be. I love Ruth and Naomi's story in the Bible. But let me just say for the record, I'd have some serious issues with my mother-in-law if she told me to lie at a man's feet.
Still, we all want a good relationship with the woman who marries our son, don't we? Even if you're now a mother-in-law, you've developed a long-term relationship with your mother-in-law. So all you daughters-in-law out there, no matter your ages, answer me this:
"What one thing could your mother-in-law do (or could she have done) to help you have a better relationship?"
Labels: husband, mother-in-law, relationships, Ruth and Naomi