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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Her Favorite Son


My mother-in-law and I were bonding. This was a good thing, a happy thing, something to cherish and savor. Suffice it to say I had not been her ideal daughter-in-law, was not the one she would have chosen for her favorite son, her baby, yet she was gracious and temperate and kind. She understood that he was happy, so she came along to have a second look at the apartment with me.
The apartment was a good thing. It meant that her favorite son, her baby, would not be leaving the country with his foreign wife. It also meant that her favorite son, her baby, would walk right past her apartment on his way to and from work every day.
We got lost. We took a back street I had discovered on a map. I freely admit I have no sense of direction. My mother-in-law will tell you she’s not from here. She lived only two metro stops away. But she wasn’t born here. So she could never find her way around.
Pot calling the kettle black. Sorry.
There were two real-estate agents waiting in front of the building, clipboard in hand. They let us in, then stood aside while I gave my mother-in-law the tour. The apartment was nothing to speak of, standard, old, needing work. The terrace was its crowning glory, even in its stained, chipped, peeling state. It was glorious.
The lady agent said that other people were interested. The man agent said we should not let this opportunity escape. So we called her favorite son, her baby, to let him know how urgent it was to put some money down for the right to purchase this small, dirty unremodelled piece of property.
“We are in no hurry,” he said to me in his stern, deliberate tone of voice. “If the apartment is not there tomorrow, we will find another one.”
My mother-in-law and I looked at each other in desperation. We raised our eyebrows. We shrugged shoulders. We bonded.




28 comments:

  1. Favorite Son... and main character is "Wife of Son" ... so clear with the tension! Nice story.

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  2. Bonding over a shared 'adversary,' excellent. I may try that with my own MIL. Even after 30 years, anything is possible.

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    1. It's always possible.
      We only had about 6 years, but my MIL was the kind who kept her enemies close : )

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    1. Glad you could relate Ginny. Thanks!

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  4. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, always.

    Well spun, ma;am. Liked it.

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    1. Haha. Glad you liked it, Lance. Thanks!

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  5. Well done. I like the repetition of 'her baby' to give us that clear insight into how her son is at the center of her world. I can surely relate to this scene. Nice writing. And congrats on 2nd place last week - well-deserved - I enjoyed it immensely.

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    1. I had a feeling most daughters-in-law would relate. Thank you, and thank you, Steph! so glad.

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  6. Well, I married the favorite son...and it ain't easy sometimes. I like how they had the moment of bonding. I hope it will be enough to get them through.

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    1. In my case, there were friendlier and less friendlier days, but I miss her dearly. She died about 9 months after my husband, so that was that.

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  7. Great piece. I married the ONLY son, the only child in fact. I still feel that give and take tension you portray so well here.

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    1. I hear ya, Kelly! There always is that give and take, so it don't break!
      Thank you!

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  8. What a great bonding moment :D

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Draug. Thanks!

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  9. Nothing bonds like a common "enemy"..

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    1. Yup, two against one is so easy to play.

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  10. The way you repeated the phrase about the favorite son tied this piece together and clearly defined the roles of the participants.

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  11. Two women bonding over their love of the same man, how rare and sweet! Also, your use of the prompt was very subtle. Nicely done.

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    1. Doesn't happen all that often, does it? Thank you so much, Gal!

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  12. I like this. Sometimes bonding moments are small and subtle things. Yet they are precious. More so if trying to get on the good side of a disapproving step-parent.

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    1. So glad you liked it. Did I hit a step-in-law nerve?
      Thank you, EagleAye!

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  13. Kymm, I had to smile when I read this. My mother in law...Oh well, hopefully the right apartment moment will come along for us some day;)

    I always look forward to your writing!

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    1. Haha The right something will come along one day... or not!
      As my mother-in-law used to say: we never married each other, did we?
      thank you so much, Valerie!

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  14. Fabulous, as per usual! Love the repetition of "her favorite son, her baby" throughout the piece. I can totally picture that mother-in-law! It's funny the strange moments that allow mismatched people to bond.

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    1. You are too kind, Suzanne!
      Yes it is funny what situations become lifesaving, and which ones bomb.
      Thank you!!

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