Bereavement Befalls Us Once Again
The following paragraph was written in 1998 in reply to the monthly question for a group of American wives of Europeans. The question was about our mothers-in-law.
May’s Question of the Month
One taste of her aubergines corses, one glance at my right hand where I wear her mother’s engagement ring, and you will know my mother-in-law is someone special. She took very seriously my mother putting me into her care the day of the wedding and has always been supportive of me. When she comes for a visit, she picks up the iron or a needle and thread. I do wish she would forget ways in which I embarrassed myself twenty years ago, but isn’t that how mothers are?
A couple of her sayings:
When you’re dead, someone else will do the housework. (Like, don’t sweat it. )
If you don’t use your head, you have to use your legs.
She has now passed on and I have thus lost my second mother.