Yesterday my youngest son proposed to his adorable sweetheart of four years, bringing me to the place where I must soon (as Susan Kaye so charmingly puts it) join the Mothers-in-Law Club.
Which means, I think, that in every circumstance I encourage, give support, and exercise tact. In other words, I mind my own business!
It occurs to me that Jane Austen did not think much of mothers-in-law, as evidenced in her fiction. Who are these girls? (Yes, girls, for egad, they are not much older than I’m becoming!)
- Mrs Bennet
- Mrs Musgrove
- Mrs Rushworth
Not an attractive bunch! Help me out here. Whom am I leaving out? And what advice do you have for me, the mother-in-law to be?
Jessie’s Chinese cookie fortune, pre-proposal, was quite the stunner for my son. She said yes. And immediately they took photos for (what else?) Facebook.