Let me give you a folk story from North West India …..
In a remote village, a bossy woman lived with her daughter-in-law. Although her son and husband lived with them too, it’s she who held sway over the entire family. One person who was always on her radar was the daughter-in-law. Like most mothers-in-law she used to point out flaws in almost everything her daughter-in-law did. As this woman took her role so seriously this reforming activity fast became a habit. The habit brought in her the ingenuity to find faults where they were none. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
One day while her daughter-in-law was preparing dough for the rotis (bread made out of wheat flour), to be cooked for the dinner, she stared at her rather furiously. When the daughter-in-law reacted with a questioning expression, pat came her reply—why do you move so much while making the dough?
Now I am sure it sounds familiar
Such absolute power. Not one daughter in law could afford to ignore that mother in law.
I got this lovely invite in the mail
I sent it promptly to the DIL (in my defence I sent it to a whole lot of people including her)
She promptly rings me up from her work place and cant speak because she’s laughing her guts out.
“Mom, trying to become a regular mother-in-law like Lalita Pawar are you? You can’t so forget it”
Humph! No one takes me seriously. Sigh ……………………..