It's Called Mother's Day, not Mother-in-Law's Day
Submitted by anonymous
If Mother's Day is supposed to be my day, then why do I have to spend it brunching with my mother-in-law?
I mean, really, we're supposed to be honoring me for all of the sacrifices that I've made in the name of my children. Why should I be forced to sacrifice a perfectly good morning to brunch with you-know-who?
Don't get me wrong, my mother-in-law is kind and generous and ... oh, who am I kidding? She drives me nuts! Sure, she puts on a kind facade, but behind it there's a passive-aggressive streak that judges my every move. She thinks she could raise my kids better than I do and isn't afraid to show her disdain. And don't get me started on her generosity. Sure she's paying for brunch, but what's an $18 plate of eggs Benedict compared to daily reminders of how much she has done for our family?
What's worse is that I have to put on a happy face and pretend that I'm absolutely thrilled to be spending my Mother's Day with her. She called the other day complaining about a "bratty new girl" that she works with. Supposedly this girl was complaining about her meddling mother-in-law and had the audacity to mention that she didn't really want to spend Mother's Day with her.
Always the one to take advantage of teaching moments, my mother-in-law called to tell me this story and to explain how disrespectful this girl is of her elders. She said that my generation doesn't appreciate our parents, parents who worked hard to put food on the table and raise us to be respectful. She went on and on. I was tempted to admit that I, too, didn't respect her meddling, but I kept my mouth shut.
Now I'm stuck going to brunch with her on Mother's Day. I can't wait.