mother-in-law standing at front door

Do Mothers-In-Law Deserve Disrespect?

mother-in-law standing at front door

Somebody rang my doorbell this morning.

When I opened the door there was my mother-in-law on the front step.

She said, “Can I stay here for a few days?”

I said: “Sure you can,” and shut the door in her face.

What the husband tells his wife

Husband: “Hey, you won’t believe what happened this morning! So, I hear the doorbell ring, and guess who’s standing there? My lovely mother-in-law! She goes, ‘Can I stay here for a few days?’ And you know me, quick on my feet, I said, ‘Sure you can!’”

Wife: “Wait, you invited my mom to stay without even talking to me first?”

Husband: “Well, in my defense, it was more of a knee-jerk reaction. But don’t worry, I quickly fixed it!”

Wife: “How did you fix it?”

Husband: “Oh, I just shut the door in her face.”

Wife: “You did what?!”

Husband: “I know, I know! It sounds harsh, but come on, you know how your mom can be sometimes. Plus, I thought you might need a heads-up before she shows up unannounced!”

Wife: “Okay, I have to admit, that was pretty quick thinking. But you could’ve at least told her we’d talk about it first.”

Husband: “You’re right, I could’ve handled it better. Next time, I’ll ask you before making any decisions about surprise house guests.”

Wife: “Next time, huh? Hopefully, there won’t be a next time!”

Husband: “Hey, let’s just hope she’s not too offended.”

Wife: “True, I love her, even with her quirks. But seriously, let’s work on a heads-up, okay?”

Husband: “Deal! From now on, no more door slamming without calling you first.”

Wife: “Okay. And hey, who knows, maybe it’ll make for a family story later.”

Husband: “Oh, I have no doubt about that! Dealing with your mom’s surprise visits is just another adventure.”

Wife: “You’ve got that right! And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Husband: “Me neither. We’ll handle whatever comes our way.”

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