Thursday, July 19, 2007
Family - Friend or Foe, Part II
The previous post was about my parents and their views on raising their family. I would also like to talk about my in-laws. You might be thinking that by the title - Okay this is where the foe part comes in, but, alas, not so. My spouse's parents are wonderful people and have never treated any of their children's spouses with anything other than complete love and respect. I know the first night I met my in-laws (future at that time), I was not what they had anticipated for their son. They never said a negative word, nor did I ever feel unwelcome in their home. My mother-in-law has always been a great supporter for her children and she carries that over to their spouses. She is always ready to listen and has never said a harsh or hateful thing to me (or about me). My father-in-law has also been a great support for his children and also carries that over to their spouses. Both have accepted and loved their children's mates. What a precious treasure they are to the outlaw spouses! There are always horror stories out there about in-laws, but I think there are a lot more good ones than bad ones. We just don't hear about the good ones as often. So - my goal for today is to honor my father and mother-in-law. They have honored their sons and daughter's spouses with their acceptance and their love throughout our married lives. Both have been a great example of what an in-law needs to be. My spouse and I are now in that territory and it can be very interesting and challenging! I hope we can be as good at being in-laws as mine are. I am very honored to call them my father and mother-in-law!