It is that time of year again, the one I dread. No, it is not because Halloween is around the corner, and it is not that the leaves are falling. What is upcoming is worse then Thanksgiving with no cranberry sauce. It is my mother in law's birthday.
This year my in laws will be here in NJ for her birthday. Every year since I have dated E, I have given her gifts for mother's day, christmas and her birthday. Every year I get shot down. I fail. I don't get "it".
Cardigans like I always see her wear? I get a "that is nice". Perfume? She doesn't wear it. New Knife set? (I know, I was reaching) Nada. Golf shirts? Wrong size Manicure/pedicure/ massage gift certificate? She doesn't like anyone touching her body. Custom made gorgeous topiary for her house? How will she get it home on the plane? Let E buy the gift? He is as clueless about his mom as I am. Pictures of the kids? BINGO
Pictures of our kids have been a popular and well loved gift since our kids were born. Of course they would be, she is a doting Grandmother. I have given these gifts in every form: framed, personalized books, photo albums and collages. I think her comment last time I spoke to her was " I am running out of room on my walls and tables" was a hint to knock off the prints. You cannot blame me though, I was on a roll, she finally liked my gifts. If she liked my gifts that means she liked me, right?
I want my mother in law to like me. I have know idea why after some of the things I heard her say about me. I know I am a good person, I am a good wife, I love her son and I know I am a good mother. It must be hard to have another woman in your son's life, I am not looking forward to it myself, but don't you want your son to be happy? I guess at the root of it, I just want to be accepted.
Now, now my friends, I have a dilemma. her birthday is in three weeks and I am desperate. I turn to you wise, internets for help. What should I get my mother in law for her birthday? She is retired, lives in Florida, likes chicken "things", likes to play golf, knits, doesn't wear makeup or perfume, is active, likes bad TV sitcoms and has three kids and four grand kids. Any ideas?