The other day a friend regaled me with a series of eyebrow-raising stories from a recent extended-family trip that included her mother-in-law. Seems that she is a difficult and attention-seeking sort (the MIL, not the friend) and embarrasses them all regularly, particularly the grandkids. In the middle of the conversation, I picked up my cell phone and dashed off a quick text to my own MIL thanking her for being so awesome! Nothing like a good solid dose of perspective to make you appreciate your blessings.
For whatever reason, many of my friends have mothers who are ugly-mean or batshit crazy or both, so my mother has received a number of "thank you for being normal" calls from me over the years as well. In thinking about this tonight, it occurred to me that I am one of only a very few lucky women I know who get along well with both their own mother and their MIL. To complete the trifecta, these two lovely women even get along well with each other! I'd say I'm so lucky I should go buy a lottery ticket, but I've already hit the jackpot.