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Family-In-Law

Give it up for a4yroldfaerie (gettin' the DVD!) and hey__itsrachel (rockin' the outerwear - make sure to tell us the size of t-shirt or if you want the nightshirt).

All the date stories were great, but faerie managed to juggle three guys and still get a kiss at the end of the night, while Rachel switched teams. (Send me your e-mail addresses though. Comments screened, per usual.)

So, you've gotten serious, maybe even reproduced, you're sort of figurin' the whole other person thing out, but there's this whole other issue in the air. Family. Yours. Hers. Everyones. They've got OPINIONS, they've got likes and dislikes, they've got crazy food allergies and hate your dog and your Uncle Joe, and just... they're complicated.

So, how do you deal with your in-laws? How do you navigate the whole holiday/babysitting/visiting/weird attachment to people that you don't know but are part of your life thing.

Poll #1063316 In Love, But In LAWS!

Best Way of Playing Nice With the In-Laws

Ignore 'em. They'll go away in 20 to 30 years.
1(4.5%)
Embrace 'em! Dude, have you met my family?
8(36.4%)
Flip a coin. Heads you love 'em, tails you hate 'em.
2(9.1%)
Get to know their weird hobbies. Expose them to your weird hobbies. It's all about sharing.
9(40.9%)


Feel free to share your horror stories of in-laws (and they don't have to be literal lawfully bound for you free love folks), but also share your success stories. Tell me about the family members of your main squeeze that you're crazy about!

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wendywoowho
Sep. 29th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
My father-in-law slipped me tongue.
My then-boyfriend/now-husband's father had a massive heart attack. We drove 13 hours overnight to get to the hospital, never knowing if we'd get there "in time."

We did, and were able to stay several days as he slowly improved. Sure enough, though, "real life" went on back home, and I needed to get back to work. I went to the hospital one more time to say goodbye.

I gave him a hug and went to kiss his cheek. He moved his head and laid a big, deep kiss on me.

He doesn't remember it; he was loopy from near-death and heavy drugs. But, yeah...

My father-in-law slipped me tongue.
slacker_ben
Sep. 30th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: My father-in-law slipped me tongue.
Dude, be sure to save that for when you guys REALLY need a favor.
wendywoowho
Sep. 30th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Re: My father-in-law slipped me tongue.
Lord knows, it gets me tons of mileage with my husband... and his brother... and his mother...
dawlface623
Sep. 29th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
my boyfriend refuses to let his parents meet me. hes pretty sure they think hes gay cuz hes never shown interest in women so hes not looking forward to that. plus i have a baby with my ex and im 20. whoot! cant wait to get it all over with.
slacker_ben
Sep. 30th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Good luck with all of that!
lunarmoonchild
Sep. 29th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
My mother inlaw
My mother inlaw was a psycho woman. She treated my husband like he was 12 years old and made us live with her. She would stand outside of our bedroom door most of the day just so that she would know what we talked about. She would sneak outside and peek in our window at night to make sure we weren't doing anything "inappropriate". There really isn't much more to say because she was just sooo psycho its hard to point out specific instances.
slacker_ben
Sep. 30th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: My mother inlaw
Dude, that's rough!
tallichair
Oct. 1st, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
My first boyfriend, I liked his family more than I liked him! I still send them a Christmas card every year!
slacker_ben
Oct. 1st, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious!
a4yroldfaerie
Oct. 10th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
I never got an email, and was worried my spam folter ate it. Can you reassure me or resend something?
slacker_ben
Oct. 10th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
They may just be behind. I'll check.
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