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To think my MIL really is a bit odd?

(97 Posts)
gail734 Tue 30-Apr-13 15:20:26

I was in PIL's house, talking to MIL. During our conversation, she kept getting up to peer out of the window. Then I heard a car pull up and she ran to the window. She turned to me, clapped her hands and cried, "That's my baby!" And then she did a little skip!
I was totally confused. I looked out of the window, (obviously) to see 65 year old FIL walking up the path. By this time MIL was running for the front door. FIL was not returning from the war, he was coming home from work. He's semi-retired. It was 2pm and he'd been at work since 9am. FIL certainly does not behave like this. So go on, tell me IABU, that this is romantic and you'd do the same after 40 years of marriage. I think she's crackers.

Montybojangles Tue 30-Apr-13 19:16:58

Thank you BiteTheTopsOff grin

miffybun73 Tue 30-Apr-13 19:17:09

Bit bonkers, but really lovely smile

Fillyjonk75 Tue 30-Apr-13 19:27:01

I'm with you OP, I think it's odd. Not necessarily bad odd, but still odd.

mrsmillsfanclub Tue 30-Apr-13 19:43:13

I have been known to clap hands excitedly and do a little dance- usually on the day that dh returns to work when he has been home for a long weekend, gotten under my feet and irritated the hell out of me.

HintofBream Tue 30-Apr-13 20:12:46

Thanks, Gail for giving us over-sixties permission to have "all sorts of sex,at any time of day". I think the patronising attitudes and the general amazement that sex and love can last are far odder than OP's MIL's activities. Jealous maybe?

PanpiperAtTheGatesOfYawn Tue 30-Apr-13 22:26:04

Hintofbream Re disabled/'oldies' hmm - we are all going to be old someday (hopefully). We are not all going to be disabled. Growing old is a fact of life, not an altered state, so it's not really an 'ism', is it?

I personally have absolutely no issues with older people having sex. I hope Gail's FIL and MIL are at it like rabbits. Gives me hope for the future. However I don't particularly want to imagine my ILs at it. Nor do most people, hence the mild hilarity here.

I do however find it odd when people get all ruffled-feathers over what has clearly turned into a rather silly light-hearted thread.

valiumredhead Tue 30-Apr-13 22:29:01

Yabu.

I still get butterflies when dh puts his key in the door and we've been together 22 years.

randomtask Tue 30-Apr-13 22:40:04

I hope I'm still excited to see DH when we've been married for so long, at the moment it tends to be me pointing out he's arrived and DS aged 2 and I running to the door to greet him!

As for having sex when we're retired, bloody hell yes-it'll be the first time we've had together without children or work so we'll have some catching up to do. wink

HintofBream Tue 30-Apr-13 22:44:34

Panpiper, does the fact that we are all, one hopes, going to get old, nean that we can never complain about prejudice against those who have attained that state? Why should we be compelled to conform to others' notions of appropriate behaviour?

Top marks for your marvellously passive-agressive final sentence.

PrincessFiorimonde Tue 30-Apr-13 22:52:33

OP asked: OK, I'll ask you all a direct question: has anyone here, ever, in real life, heard a 65 year old woman (in the UK) call her husband "BABY"???

Errrm, today, here in the SE of England, I heard a 63yo woman (a friend of mine) call her 61yo partner 'Baby'. Is her age close enough to answer the question and win my five pounds?

She didn't do any skipping, though.

<disclaimer: we live on the coast, so maybe it was just the sea spray that got her going vocalising>

musickeepsmesane Tue 30-Apr-13 23:15:27

This was a light hearted thread. The post made me smile. The replies made me smile. Hintof Bream, really?? I guess the expression 'life is too short' is inappropriate here

LimitedEditionLady Tue 30-Apr-13 23:40:10

Awwwww thats really sweet!
Maybe it looked strange because theyre older but thats really lovely.i dont know any couples like that.my parents are a bit offish like that maybe just in front of people but i think its really romantic that shes missed him so much.FIL must be a bit like that to her for her to react like that.thats beautiful,i wish me and OH were like that now!

gotthemoononastick Wed 01-May-13 13:06:55

Over 60 here,married forever,Angelbaby-balls is what I say!!Shoot us for still being alive.

wealthypensioneriamnot Wed 01-May-13 18:43:53

Spot on seeker ! You just can't win whatever you do. Personally I think it's great that she misses him so much. Scary.... but great .

wealthypensioneriamnot Wed 01-May-13 18:47:47

Oh brilliant "moononastick" . !!! Can't think why we don't just wear our elasticated waist trousers and shuffle off into the sunset when we reach 60 .

wealthypensioneriamnot Wed 01-May-13 18:55:36

Oh stop it " iced gems " ...... I'm doing pig-snort laughs now and it sounds terrible .

Tuppence2 Thu 02-May-13 08:17:25

Ha! This is my stepdad! My mum works 3 days a week, he is retired and does nothing but play golf twice a week and watch dd 2 days. When he knows my dm is due home from work, he stands at the bay window to watch for her walking down the street! Its so funny! All that's missing is a wagging tail when she appears!
Then, as soon as she's in sight, he sprints to the kitchen to put their dinner on and make her a cuppa!

Now, this all sounds very sweet, until you realise they spend most of their time together winding each other up and bickering about stupid stuff! They are THE odd couple!

edwardsmum11 Thu 02-May-13 08:27:39

Yabu, so sweet.

MusicalEndorphins Thu 02-May-13 09:41:23

My aunt went on hormone replacement patches, and became very enamored with her gentleman friend whom she had been stepping out with for 10 years. She told me she didn't know what came over her, but she was suddenly crazy about him and was "necking" with this gentleman. Next thing you know, they were married.

Is your MIL on HRT?

mrsjay Thu 02-May-13 09:42:34

My aunt went on hormone replacement patches, and became very enamored with her gentleman friend whom she had been stepping out with for 10 years. She told me she didn't know what came over her, but she was suddenly crazy about him and was "necking" with this gentleman. Next thing you know, they were married.

bring on the HRT it might make me skip grin

digerd Thu 02-May-13 17:16:23

At 48, I went onto the strongest contraceptive pill to stop a period for a stressy occasion.
Within 20 minutes, my body and mind rejuvenated more than 20 years and I was on a high, giggling at things, and had so much energy and never felt tired.
20 years ago now, and can't remember if it affected my libido.

I did go on HRT a few years later, and do remember the romantic and libido feelings did increase, but DH was ill sad

WireCatWhore Thu 02-May-13 18:06:24

Maybe she was relieved at being rescued from you! wink

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