a case of in-law overdose

Let’s just say I’m having a case of in-law overdose this week. A cousin on DH’s side is getting married which means all my in-laws from far and near are gathered here in town, for better or for worse.

On the one hand, I’m happy for my kids to meet their hordes of cousins, aunts, uncles, grand-aunts and grand-uncles they hardly ever see. I’m lucky in that DH isn’t very close to his family so I’ve been spared the horror stories that are often told about in-laws.

On that count, I’m ever the outlaw in the eyes of my in-laws since we hardly visit and I don’t speak their lingo. I don’t know for sure but I’ve got a feeling they blame me for keeping my kids out of circulation with the rest of the clan and for them not learning their dialect. Rebel that I am, I feel no guilt whatsoever 😉 .

When we were at the wedding eve party last night, everyone was a-gush at seeing how my 3 kids have grown. We spent the entire evening answering exciting questions about their age and school and hearing endless comparisons with so-and-so’s kids who are around their ages.

Of course, language is always the problem whenever the in-laws are in town. Where words fail us, sign language and perfunctory nods always work for me. By the time we got home last night, I swear I had a permanent, pasted smile on my face that I had to wipe off together with my makeup.

This morning, we made an obligatory appearance at the church wedding purely out of courtesy. The kids and I sat patiently through it all, albeit with MP3 players and pocket PCs to while away the time waiting for the ceremony to end. I hope DH knows we were doing this just for him :mrgreen: .

We didn’t stay for the buffet lunch. Since everyone was too busy to notice us, I exchanged a few courtesies with FIL and a few others, bid them a hurried goodbye and we scooted off to Carls’ Jr for a peaceful burger and salad. Whew!

Two down, one more to go and that’s the grand wedding dinner tonight!! Can’t wait 🙁 .

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