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to think a huge family row about farts is ott?

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Mallenstreak Sun 07-Mar-10 21:24:09

Went round in-laws last week. After lunch SIL turned up and had a few drinks. Our ds then farted and sil was outraged saying it was absolutely disgusting and why didn't we sort our son out! Dh said that it was only a natural bodily function and not to get so het up about it but she was having none of it. She said that it was terrible when people did this and that if her partner (who is also her boss) did it she would ditch him. I thought she must be kidding and asked her what if he let one slip by accident - she said she would still dump him! Dh said that she was being ridiculous and a huge row ensued with FIL joining in and getting almost apoplectic with rage as sil can do no wrong in his eyes. Ds was very upset so we left and have not heard from anyone since. I know ds should not have farted in the first place but can't believe all the kerfuffle about this.

StewieGriffinsMom Sun 07-Mar-10 21:25:26

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nickytwotimes Sun 07-Mar-10 21:26:17

It does sound very OTT yes.

Poor ds.

ilovesprouts Sun 07-Mar-10 21:27:37

every body farts even the queen .grin sil ott imo

zippyzapper Sun 07-Mar-10 21:27:47

someone in your family needs to clear the air smile

pranma Sun 07-Mar-10 21:28:50

How old is your ds?
Mind you in a close family this wouldnt raise any eyebrows surely.Your sil sounds a bit of a pratt.

onepieceoflollipop Sun 07-Mar-10 21:30:29

How old is your ds?

If he is say 6 months old, then your sil is very unreasonable.

If he is say 15 years old, and (for example) did it right in her face/next to her and then laughed or wafted it towards her and didn't even say excuse me when he realised how upset she was, then that (imo) is slightly different,

3littlefrogs Sun 07-Mar-10 21:31:03

She is bonkers.

How old is ds?

RedbinDippers Sun 07-Mar-10 21:31:07

I didn't know that the queen farted, I thought she had someone to do it for her.

heQet Sun 07-Mar-10 21:31:11

How old's your son?

because farting is natural yes, but it's actually not a great thing to do in an enclosed space full of people grin

If your son is old enough to know when he needs to fart, he should be taught that he should pop to the loo, or at least out of the room, if he is around lots of people.

It's just polite to avoid gassing friends and family.

lal123 Sun 07-Mar-10 21:32:17

if we didn't fart we'd explode

onepieceoflollipop Sun 07-Mar-10 21:32:46

I once told dd1 (age 5) quite firmly to apologise as she let one out whilst sitting on mil's lap.

(mil is very prim and proper). dd1 was most put out as it was grandma and not her! To be fair to mil she did admit to it. grin

blinks Sun 07-Mar-10 21:34:28

the family who farts together, stays together.

ilovesprouts Sun 07-Mar-10 21:35:56

red bin dippers ,grin one never knows !!

Kewcumber Sun 07-Mar-10 21:37:52

there's a joke about an old duchess plagued with excess flatulence who embarassed herself by passing wind in front of her guests. To try to redeem the situation she frowned at her butler and said

"stop that Smithers!"

"Certainly Madam, which way did it go?"

Mallenstreak Sun 07-Mar-10 21:38:07

Thanks all. Ds is 10 and did it quite near to her but in a large room. He probably thought nothing of it as we are quite easy going about bodily functions. He has sn and is having emotional issues at the moment which sil is aware of so did not need lots of drama and shouting going on.

SpringHeeledJack Sun 07-Mar-10 21:38:43

oh no, I am crying here at lollipop

[slightly pissed]

SpringHeeledJack Sun 07-Mar-10 21:39:45

sorry OP. in a large room- ok

caravan- not ok

onepieceoflollipop Sun 07-Mar-10 21:46:09

If sil is aware of his sn she was out of order. Would it have been possible for your son to say "excuse me" (don't mean to be inflammatory, just asking)

If not, and sil was determined to over react, then I personally would have left the room (with dh and ds) before she and your fil chose to become so overwrought.

I did actually leave my pils on one occasion. Not related to farting, but fil had a violent temper tantrum ranting and screaming at the dcs because they bumped into a small table and spilt a few drops of water.

If we had stayed in the room he would have ranted for a very long time I think.

Hope you get it resolved.

HellBent Sun 07-Mar-10 21:47:52

Kewcumber that is hilarious!

3littlefrogs Sun 07-Mar-10 21:50:20

Agree that if she was aware of the SN, she should have said nothing. Yes, it is rather ill mannered to fart in company, if one can reasonably be expected to control it. But it is equally ill mannered to comment on it and then create a row about it. Quite uncivilised IMO.

PacificDogwood Sun 07-Mar-10 21:52:13

<<passes DS's whoopee cushion round thread>>

Yes, I am very immature grin.
And I live in a house full of males.
Farting is a competitive sport and my main purpose in life is to teach DSs to not do it in small spaces (ie abovmentioned caravan), do it quietly if possible and apologise - it is looooooong a battle <<sigh>>

They are under the impression that 'ladies' do not pass wind hmm.

Im summary: your SIL overreacted, maybe whole family did a bit?? It is just a normal bodily function...

<<sits on whoopee cushion>>

Kewcumber Sun 07-Mar-10 21:54:17

Hellbent - I've waiting years for a suitable occasion to use that joke grin

RedbinDippers Sun 07-Mar-10 21:55:30

You could teach ds to set light to them, really give her something to complain about.

ImSoNotTelling Sun 07-Mar-10 21:56:27

I don;t understand how these people can have grown up together and ended up with different ideas about wind.

SIL is totally being a flatulent pain in the arse though.

YANBU.

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