Thursday, April 28, 2011

M.I.L.

As stated earlier, it's Birthday Week.  I have a friend with a birthday each and every day of the week.  And the birthday for today is My One and Only Mother-In-Law.   Some people say that Mother-In-Laws cannot be friends, but I say fooey.  Mother-In-Laws can be friends.  They can be great friends.  I have a great friend for a Mother-In-Law.

As an aside, does anyone else have trouble deciding what to call their Mother-In-Laws?  I mean, I could call her Grandma, which is what I call her to the Yahoos, but that doesn't seem all that appropriate.  Actually, the Yahoos call her "Bird Doorbell Grandma" because she has this lovely doorbell with a bird around it.  I could call her "Mom" but that seems weird too.  Generally, I call her by her first name.  But for the sake of her personal propriety, I must refrain from nominal exposure.  Today, she gets to be M.I.L... yet that seems so impersonal.  Perhaps she should get all of those names?

Let me tell you a thing or two about this dear M.I.L.  First she puts the Artsie in Fartsie.  Good grief, that woman is talented.  We have Artsie Treasures scattered about our humble abode.

First, there's the Rumpus Room.  When we were finishing our basement, I mentioned that I wanted a mural of the Wild Rumpus (from Where The Wild Things Are.)  Spouse's parents had just moved to Utah from Maryland, and I had yet to discover what the woman was capable of.  In no way was I dropping a "hint" for her do such a thing.  She interjected an, "Oh.  I'll do that!"  And I was like, "Are you serious?!  Be my guest."

Well.  I don't know who exactly was the guest in this situation.  Check it out:

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And if a mural in the basement is not enough... she decides that she'd like to borrow Yahoo #1 for a day or two so that she can carve a bust in his likeness.

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I think those dolls who wrote that Don't Cha song were thinking of my dear Mother-In-Law when they wrote that it.  Don't cha wish your M.I.L was a hot artist like mine?  Don't cha!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY M.I.L, Bird Doorbell Grandma, Mom!

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5 comments:

Sparks said...

I don't believe you. I think this is a lie. Else that is the durned coolest Rumpus Room in all creation. Good grief.

I have a book called M.I.L.D.E.W. Mothers-in-Law Do Everything Wrong. Works for me while not working so well for you.

Andrea B. said...

Let's just say - wow!!! She is amazing. Isn't great to have a great M.I.L. It's good to know you call her a friend!

radracer said...

MIL's are certainly able to be friends too. I have spent several late nights up yackin' with the MIL while Mrs. Radracer said 'Phooey on both of you; I'm going to the Pillow and Blanket Show.'

BTW, I call her Mom. First names just didn't seem to work, and anything else was too formal.

And artsie treasures are exactly that: treasures. It's rather nice of her to indulge you. And it's even nicer that you appreciate it.

radracer said...

Oh, and Sparks, I've seen the Rumpus Room myself, and it is the coolest in all creation.

Lars said...

She should illustrate children's books. That mural looks like the pages of the book leapt out and painted themselves right on your wall. Very impressive.