I read an article recently about how movies were horribly inaccurate in regards to in-laws. I attempted to find the article again but unfortunately no luck. I will update if I find it.
Regardless, I just shook my head. Obviously the author of said article has not dated OR they have had the incredibly rare luck of finding mates with decent, genuine in-laws. I am almost entirely convinced that such a thing does not exist.
In the article, the writer mentioned the film "Monster-in-Law" as being ridiculously dramatic but frankly, they are wrong. Okay, fair enough, some of the events are quite over-the-top however not unlikely.
I've had some experience with "in-laws" and let me tell you, I would recommend avoiding the in-laws, forever. There is no real reason to meet in-laws unless you're getting married. I know that might sound rude or something but let's face it, once you're over 21 your parents are not the decision makers. If they are, you have a problem. I'm specifically speaking about mama's boys - stay the hell away from any man who "loves his mommy". That is a waste of time. You will always be second, if not last.
The very first boyfriend I had was a mama's boy. I wish I had known something about that beforehand. I had no idea that one person could have such an influence over someone's life. I know that when I make decisions that the only opinion that matters is my own. I will consider input from my family or very close friends but ultimately I will have to live with the decision.
My first "mother-in-law" was the worst possible bitch you could meet. Pardon my language however it is suiting. She was evil. I'm not just saying that. She manipulated every person she knew. She demanded control over everyone's life. The times I saw her, she said only mean, hurtful things to make me feel worse about myself. For instance, one time I wore shorts at her place. She looked me over and said, "Hm. You need to lose a lot of weight in your thighs". Obviously it was a sensitive topic for me and she knew that. I wasn't wearing revealing shorts, they extended to the knee because I was self-conscious and most of all I didn't want to offend anyone. Then she says that.
At a separate time she asked me to step on a scale in front of her. She was interested in knowing how much I weighed. Worse yet, my boyfriend encouraged me to do this. I think just about every adult knows this is absolutely taboo, for sure every woman does. I should have known right there he was stupid. Luckily for me, the batteries were dead. Honestly, at that point of time I was so horribly shy that I would never dare speak my true opinion or share how I felt, so I would have stepped on the scale despite disagreeing. The strangest part was that she was quite...heavy yet she felt fine judging me for my weight. She did numerous awful things. She did everything she could to jeopardize the relationship. I was scared off by mother-in-laws after that.
To be fair, I did meet two great mother-in-laws sometime after that. They actually loved me more than their sons. I think they always wanted daughters. They were some of the sweetest, most wonderful women I've met. I think I actually liked them more than their sons!
Then there was this most recent bitch. I didn't think I would ever call her that. I really liked her. I really, really did. Then I found out what she really thought. She always hated me. She had spent years lying to me while I talked about her great qualities. The worst part was when my ex and I split. She really revealed her true colours. She now spends all her time trash talking me in the worst possible way. She's not the only one. Her husband is a real piece of work. He tried to poison me several times. I had told my ex's family about my severe allergies to shrimp and from that point on his father attempted serving me shrimp numerous times then claimed he forgot every time. Really? Every time? Once, okay maybe. Twice, sure that could happen. Three times? Four times? Five times? When does it get to be attempted murder? One night I accidentally ingested some shrimp before realizing what it was - I was up all night throwing up.
The mother and father were terrible but what about his sister? Just as bad, of course. In fact before we even broke up, she attempted to set him up with other girls. Seriously? I dated him for three years, what's wrong with you? The entire family was fucked up. I pity them. They were all miserable and everyone knows, misery loves company.
I'm grateful to be out of that situation. Every time we visited them they were phony and my ex hated seeing them. He really did. I had to convince him he should see his family. In fact if it wasn't for me, he would have nothing to do with them. Ironically, he let them decide the fate of his relationship. Again, be wary of mama's boys. They aren't always obvious.
I hope this post serves as a warning to everyone: don't let other people make your decisions, make them yourself. Also: avoid in-laws like the bloody plague.
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