Tiger Mom-in-law

by Shari on June 29, 2011

Thanks for all the wonderful comments about my fab new kitchen, for those of you asking what are water purifiers, I want to suggest checking the pureosmosis.org site for more info. I am thrilled about it for a myriad of reasons. But I must admit, one of the main reasons is…

…it’s making my mother-in-law happy.

This is no easy feat, gang. My MIL is Filipino and a Fantastic Flip in all ways. The woman does everything right. She is a gourmet cook, a financial wizard and a real estate goddess that makes most of her fortune working with a local “we buy houses” business. She is also exceptionally organized and so clean I must borrow an old line from my friend Jim for an accurate description: “She craps in little scented packages.”

To give her props, she has been very kind to me and very helpful and I know she loves me.


Once in a while, her real feelings about a certain aspect of my personality leak out like the spray in an overheated can of Cheese Whiz.

That aspect would be my neatness. Or lack thereof.

I know I wrote a post about my mother-in-law at some point, but I think repeating a few of her best scenarios will set this up nicely.

(All MIL lines said in a little Filipino accent, sweetly, without any eye contact.)

1.   MIL sitting on the couch, petting our pug, Chandy:

MIL: Oh, Chandy. If you lived with Grandma, you’d be so clean.

2.   MIL giving me a set of stainless steel pans for Christmas:

MIL:  Now. When these get dirty, you must wash them.

3.    MIL after I told her we were trying to get a monthly maid service:

MIL:   Mmmmm. Maids can quit on you if house is too dirty.

4.  Overheard MIL talking to then 3-year old son who is holding a little Bear blanket:

MIL:  I love your bear. Tell me, does your Mommy ever put it in the washing machine?

There are more, but I think you get the picture. Thus, I am ecstatic to be able to offer that poor suffering woman some evidence of my effort to clean up my act. And I am happy to report that the new kitchen has convinced her of my change in heart! Because we had this conversation just the other day:

MIL:  The new kitchen is very beautiful and very clean.

ME:  Yes, and I plan to keep it that way.

MIL:   Mmmmm. That is the plan, hmm?

ME:   Yes, that’s the plan.

MIL:  This is good. Because I notice that your daughter’s knees are permanently black from kneeling on your carpet. You should try to vaccuum sometimes.

Uh… okay, maybe I haven’t completely convinced her. But we all have to start somewhere. And a fancy new Reality TV kitchen might just do the trick.  

Vive la kitchen!!



{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Trickiewoo June 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

“Permanently black” HA!


dusty earth mother June 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm



Alison@Mama Wants This June 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Your MIL sounds lovely.
Your kitchen is lovelier though.


Alexandra June 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Your kitchen will bewitch her.
Mark my words…
It’ll all be good.


tracy@sellabitmum June 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

She will be watching you…. lol


Kir June 30, 2011 at 4:01 am

Doesn’t your MIL KNOW that someone as fabulous as you doesn’t need to clean? You’re too awesome for housework!
I am such a PITA sometimes that I wouldn’t clean on purpose. Oy
I can’t wait to see the new kitchen (at home, firewall blocked at work…wha??????)


marla guglberger June 30, 2011 at 6:43 am

love it!! and will forward post to friends who will also love it (child psychologist friends who are writing a book about mothers-in-law, ha!)…your post & tiger pic, added to my bro’s “tiger mother” association (to my blog’s original name), multiplied by my psyche, led to a wild dream last night (only to be discussed offline, for sure, double ha!)


dusty earth mother June 30, 2011 at 7:02 am

Okay, Kir, Im admitting this in front of the world (or at least the folks who read my blog): I dont know what a PITA is. Splain, please.


marla guglberger June 30, 2011 at 7:14 am

oh, and, shar, i challenge your MIL to name one blogtastic momma (of 2), such as ourselves, who does stellar housekeeping too, ha!


Lady Jennie June 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

Oh don’t concern yourself with those mundane things.


Cathy June 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Oh my gosh! Thanks for the laugh. Maybe your MIL could come and clean for you?


dusty earth mother June 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Youre welcome, Cathy, and believe me, she does when shes in town. Sighing audibly the entire time.


the mama bird diaries June 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I don’t think I could have a sense of humor about some of those comments. You are a good daughter-in-law.


dusty earth mother July 1, 2011 at 6:42 am

Yes, I know I was the one meant for her son, because she really does crack me up. Mostly :-)


The Flying Chalupa July 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

LIttle scented package – HA!
I don’t care how nice MILs are, they’re still mother-in-laws. I feel your dirty, messy pain. I do.


Ami July 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

My mother in law did two things for me that I will always appreciate.
She gave birth to my husband, who is a truly wonderful man.
And she died in 1984. 3 years before our first child was born.


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