Congrats to our winner Stephanie!
Ever since my father passed after a swift yet painful decline, my husband has been the recipient, willing or not, of every thought, feeling, question, observation and fear I’ve had regarding my father. Death, even the mere mention of it is such a loaded topic-Â for me, mostly it’s the finality of it and the uncertainty of what really happens when we cross over that threshold. More than anything my husband has listened empathized and allowed me to dump my emotional diarrhea on him (for lack of a better term).
But he’s my husband, and thatâ€™s a part of the marriage code… he has no choice but to listen to me –lest I keep prodding him at 2am and turning on the light- questioning our existential existence and trying to get to the bottom of why he has such a hard time believing in life after death- or at least pretending he does for my sake.
There’s another big but–whileÂ he has to validate my emotions because he vowed to do so… what about his mother-in-law…and his responsibility to her? See I’ve had 37 years to become immune to her idiosyncrasies and like any good crack baby no matter what she does I will love her- it’s just as basic as that. But does my husband have to abide by those same rules with his mother in law- aÂ woman, with whom he has no real shared history,Â other than the dumb luck of marrying her daughter?
And that’s the tricky part of this in-law relationship…how much are you expected to withstand when it comes to your in-laws? Can you wash your hands of them and tell your spouse this is their parent and you want no part of the bill paying, dealing with the emotional highs and lows, andÂ laborious decision making process that comes with caring for one’s parent especially after their spouse dies and your spouseÂ is left to care and pick up the pieces of her surviving parent’s life?
Do any of us really like our in-laws enough to want to get involved- or do most of us just go along because it’s part of our marriage contract when in reality all we’d like to-do is wash our hands of the whole affair- and not have to pretend we really like this person (who shares the same DNA with our significant other?)
Which brings me to my excitement about E!â€™s newest upcoming show, Married to Jonas, premiering Sunday, August 19th at 10/9c on E! Network stars Kevin Jonas (@kevinjonas) and his young wife Dani (@daniellejonas) as they continue to settle into married life together while learning to deal with their sometimes-hard-to-deal-with in-laws.
Here’s a lil SNEAK PEEK!
To get fans excited, I have some contest items (aka an In-laws survival kit $112 value!) to giveaway to one lucky reader which includes:
Stress Relief – Eucalyptus Spearmint Sugar Scrub (to use in bath/shower)
Bliss Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing mask (6-pack)
Soothing Herbal Tea (each tin contains 20 organic tea bags)
Aromatherapy Spa Stress Relief – Shea Butter & Cedarwood Reed Diffuser (3-oz bottle of fragrance oil & 12 reeds.)
iTunes Gift Card $15
Philips Ultra-Sound Headphones (or similar)
Oh and if you leave a REALLY funny comment on this post they just might share it on E! ‘s social media channels
For a chance to SNAG this in-law survival kit leave a comment on this post with your BEST in law story. For a second entry you can LIke Married my sugar daddy on facebook and for a third entry you can follow @MelissaSChapman on Twitter and retweet this giveaway! Good luck giveaway ends Tuesday August 21st!