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KramerVSKramer Tue 26-Jul-16 21:58:04

Really learnt a lot about my mother in law this week after a holiday. Driven by fear and anxiety. Needs something to worry or moan about. Here's a lighthearted but honest list:

Weather: it might rain - even though it's sunny. Carry a coat
Weather: it might get cold, as above
Parking space: too small - car will get damaged
On street parking - might get a ticket, don't park there
Worried about terrorists (as am I but I mean all bearded dark skinned men have dynamite)
Won't go to London
Doesn't fly
Won't Eat fish or:
Red meat
Pork or beef other than burgers or sausages
Dripping shower screen: it'll leak and ruin the kitchen (even though it's contained and literally a few drops per shower)
Can't wear socks downstairs then move upstairs without removing them (even expecting a two year old to obey)
Won't drive anywhere other than local village
Automatic only - no manual
Controlling and highly opinionated
Sulks and cries a lot.

These holidays only come up once every few years so ive survived but needed to get that out. smile

gingersnaps01 Tue 26-Jul-16 22:45:20

That was a holiday?!

wrenbot Tue 26-Jul-16 22:48:25

Explain the sock thing more?

maisiejones Tue 26-Jul-16 23:00:05

I can't stand cryers. It's emotional blackmail.

KramerVSKramer Wed 27-Jul-16 07:10:18

Sock thing: stone floor downstairs. She treats it like you're outside even though you're indoors.

Her "logic" being you must remove your slippers or even your socks if you've walked on said floor before walking upstairs because there is a chance of transferring dirt on to the carpet.

And yes, she has had us all lifting our two year old from the bottom step on to the sofa so his feet stay clean and taking his socks on and off each time he comes in and out.

Bloody ridiculous.

Home today though and I'm more than ready.

wrenbot Wed 27-Jul-16 12:27:15

Ha ha that's nuts! My IL's are the same for cleanliness but not for hysteria. They won't let our child unsupervised in any room by herself (she's 5 - even watching the tv while we are chatting in the dining room) in case she 'gets up to something' (she's well behaved). we are not allowed to touch walls, door frames etc for fear of marking. They also talk about 'contamination' a lot. As in washing hands incessantly, using specific cutlery to touch food etc. Nuts.

HotNatured Wed 27-Jul-16 13:10:52

Oh jesus people like this drive me insane. You have my sympathy.

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