Having a Mother-in-Law is No Joke
A New Jersey mother-in-law is suing her son’s wife for making fun of her. Is it possible to have a good relationship with your MIL?
So, did you hear the one about the mother-in-law who is suing her son’s wife over making jokes at her expense? No, this isn’t a plot for the latest Everybody Loves Raymond spin-off. But comedian Sunda Croonquist is really being sued by her mother-in-law, Ruth Zafrin, in a New Jersey court. The MIL thinks the jokes went too far. No kidding.
Now it isn’t as if telling mother-in-law jokes is a new concept, but usually it’s the guy who is making the audience laugh. And in real life the mother-in-law relationship for a wife can be a slippery path to navigate. Get too close and you may get hurt, get not close enough and you may be left out of the will. (Come on, you all remember Bunny MacDougal from Sex and the City, don’t you?)
In my own marriage, my relationship with my mother-in-law has been pretty smooth sailing. I mean, maybe it is because she lives about three thousand miles away and we don’t really speak the same language. But I think it is more than that – we seem to have similar outlooks on life, family and, yes, fashion. (I know that makes me sound vapid, but trust me, it is so much easier to deal with a MIL who likes the same stuff as you – no returns on gifts, et. al). And she is overly generous to me. I know that I’m lucky because some of my girlfriends have MILs who don’t respect them, who make them feel less of a wife and who in some ways even compromise their marriages.