Article: Remembering My Mother-in-Law : Wonderful!

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By Sandi Schmidt on May 19, 2010

This is a short story about one of my amusing interactions with my mother-in-law that I lived to tell about.....

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May 18, 2010 10:29 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida

What a great article about your mother in law, the snake and the inch worms!

Your story brought back memories of my own dear mother in law who lived to be 97. She was a real inspiration to me ... her husband died in 1948 as the result of a car accident (when she was pregnant with my husband, her youngest son). My mother in law worked as a Registered Nurse (the highest salary she ever earned during her career was $6,000 per year!) She was a smart, frugal, determined little lady who managed her finances well. While working full time as a nurse she also kept a lovely home, cooked, baked, always had a vegetable garden and raised four wonderful sons, managing to put them all through college. At the age of 89 she was still taking care of her own little home and garden that she planted with many citrus and other fruits, vegetables and flowering plants. I got my love of plants and gardening from my mother in law! She always amazed me with her determination when something needed to be done. Without a husband around and with sons not close by, she would get on a ladder and go up on her roof to clean it! She had a riding lawn mower and at the age of 90 would mow her own lawn (about an acre), and then drive her mower two doors down to her neighbor's and mow that lawn because her friend didn't have a lawn mower. She was always helping someone, be it a neighbor who needed their lawn mowed, or someone from her church who needed advice or assistance with a project of some sort. I remember an instance when she was 90 years old and she drove from her home @ 25 miles to pick up her friend to bring her to Daytona Beach to visit another friend who was in a nursing home here. She drove 150 miles round trip so the lady could see her friend!

My mother in law and I became great friends over the years and I thought of her as a second mother. Of her four daughters in law, I was the closest to her and we spent a lot of time together the last six or seven years of her life. I admired her so much and I miss her a lot. So ... thank you for your wonderful article about your dear mother in law, it brought back such fond memories of my own dear "second" mom!

May 19, 2010 4:27 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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I loved your story Sandi about your Mother in Law. She sounds like a wonderful lady and I know you will miss her terribly.

My mother in law and I were great friends. I loved spending time with her. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and she loved to play with plants. We had a wonderful time getting her yard ready for the wedding.

Sadly, she died before any of my children were born, just a few years after Rick and I got married. I've done everything I can to teach my children and my grandchildren about this wonderful lady.

Thanks for sharing your story and reminding us to enjoy every moment with our loved ones. Those moments can pass all too quickly.


May 19, 2010 8:00 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Lin, I was nodding in agreement as I read your response. My MIL put her own storm windows up until the last two years. Thanks for sharing your story too. It struck a cord...

Janet, I think we're fortunate to have had good relationships with our MILs. I have friends who tell horror stories. I always wondered if it was because we lived so far away and only saw each other in two week bites every year! I know my mother didn't like her MIL....and my Dad couldn't do enough for his MIL, and he tried...she always found fault with him.

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