In her Words
Catty comments and redundant relations
You hear endless jokes about the dreaded mother-in-law thrown around among friends or at the office to a naive coworker on the brink of marriage. Just saying the word makes you envision a smartly dressed woman with a rigid line to her posture, a permanent scowl or a sweetly bitter smile, ready to pounce on her son-in-law – but more likely her daughter-in-law – with some petty comment or jab regarding choice of hairstyle, dress or parenting skills…the list goes on and on.
There is, however, a lesser-known enemy, but one who’s just as calculating–the sister-in-law. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the younger version pales in comparison with the older: She had to learn it from someone.
I have two of these, and that is more than enough. Thankfully, the older one is kind to me. The younger one, however, is competitive, condescending and intrusive. I’ve given it some thought. Is it jealousy, lack of attention, empty-nest syndrome or too much medication? (Maybe too little medication?) Whatever the reason, my marriage is a three-way street because of her. This woman, who will fly all the way to Thailand for a face-lift because it’s cheaper, is such a disruption in my marriage that I am seriously considering divorcing the entire family!
What elevates my blood pressure is that my husband is a puppet, and she’s the controlling hand up his backside! He seems to believe that she walks on water, and when she voices an opinion, it is almost like the word of God coming down from the heavens above on the fluttering wings of angels. I don’t stand a chance against that!
The ironic thing is that if I were in her position – divorced, living alone and not being badgered by a sister-in-law – I’d be an extremely happy person!