Mother-in-law issues are common, aren't they? In fact, it's almost unusual when people talk favorably about their in-laws. I've heard a lot of stories over the years, but I witnessed an incident last weekend that floored me. If any of you have a mother-in-law to top this one, I'd love to hear the story.
By the way, file this story under Money Town Shit I Couldn't Make Up If I Tried.
I was in the Money Town Starbucks.
(Drum-roll please. There is OFTEN drama at the Money Town Starbucks.)
Starbucks green iced tea has become my new addiction during our recent heat wave. Of course, that has nothing to do with my story, does it?
I had just come from a bikini wax. Do you care? That is an entirely separate story. (But ouch! But also, very sexy!)
In any case, Starbucks was pretty crowded. I took my place at the end of a fairly long line. I noticed a few people in front of me in line. They were obviously together. There were three in their group, a married couple and the husband's mother. The couple were clearly irritating the hell out of each other.
You could see the tension in the air. Anyone who has been married for any length of time also knows what it feels like. There are times when your spouse just bugs you.
Maybe it was just the 108 degree day getting to them. The husband seemed incredibly short tempered. Finally he said, "Order me whatever you want I don't give a damn!" and he walked out.
I'm assuming he went out to wait in the car. Maybe he walked home. Who knows.
The wife seemed flustered and embarrassed because the entire Starbucks line had just witnessed their fight.
But no … that was truly not the embarrassing part.
Because the mother in law?
The Mother-In-Law From Hell looked at her daughter-in-law with total disdain and said loudly enough for everyone to hear, "Are you pleasing my son in bed? He wouldn't act like that if his needs were being taken care of!"
If my mother-in-law considered my sex life her business I'd die. If she discussed it in the Starbucks line I think I'd kill her on the spot.
I think my jaw must have hit the floor. I visibly cringed with the woman's words.
The wife turned bright red in both anger and embarrassment.
Mother-In-Law From Hell didn't stop with that.
"My son needs to be taken care of and you clearly aren't fulfilling his needs!" she said angrily.
The wife looked like she was ready to die of humiliation and explode in anger simultaneously. She looked up. Her eyes met mine. She turned her back on her mother-in-law and walked out of the coffee shop. A minute later her mother-in-law scurried after her.
None of them ever ordered their coffees.
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