Mother-in-law (NaBloPoMo Day 6)

Mom was an old fashioned woman. She treated my dad like a royal king, and treated every one of her son-in-laws like a royal prince. Of course, she expected her daughters to follow suit.

One day when we visited my parents, Mom said, “Ai-ya, W haven’t had any drink. Go get him a glass of water or beer.”

I turned to my husband, trying to look somewhat surprised, and said, “Honey, oh my God, what happen to your legs? Why didn’t you tell me that you couldn’t walk?”

Mom laughed. “Stop it. He is a guest,” she said.

“He used to be a guest. Now he is a member of the family, Mom,” I said.

Having no desire to be in the middle of this, W quietly left the dining room. Mom shook her head, pointing her finger at me and said, “I don’t know why I have a daughter like you.” She sighed; I gave her a sweet hug in return.

Moments later, Mom glanced at the living room, where W was sitting, and said, “See where W likes to go and go with him.”


“He is bored.”

“But I am not.”

This time, apparently, Mom had heard enough from me. She yanked me out of my comfortable chair and pushed me toward the living room.

“Okay. Okay,” I said. After taking two steps, I stopped, turning to Mom, with a sincere voice, I said, “Will you consider adopting W? You are a good mother-in-law and I would love to have a mother-in-law like you.”

She slapped on my arm. “Ai-ya, I don’t understand a word you said. Just go, please.”

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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15 Responses to Mother-in-law (NaBloPoMo Day 6)

  1. GP Cox says:

    You’re off to a great month, Helen.

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  2. That is really cute story!

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  3. Amy says:

    Well written story, Helen. Such a treat to read your story series for the entire month. 🙂

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  4. Anabel Marsh says:

    My mother is also shocked at the things I “neglect” to do for my husband – all of which, of course, he is perfectly capable of doing for himself!

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  5. Rupali says:

    The mom in the story is like a typical Indian mom 🙂 It reminds me of so many sweet memories. Thank you so much for sharing this Helen.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Rupali. I am pretty sure our cultures have a lot of similarities. Maybe that’s why I enjoy reading Indian stories. In fact, when I was still working, I had met a lot of great Indian people. Raj reminds me of one of them. 😉
      Have a wonderful evening.


  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    Thanks for my smile of the day. Every generation doesn’t quite understand the one that follows 😃

    Liked by 1 person

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