Apologies to those looking for the BoB post this week; life has been turned upside-down by the combination of an ambitious piece of work on the house and the impending visit of my mother-in-law for a couple of days.
My relationship with my mother-in-law is, if atypical in its source, somewhat typical in its effect: disruption, stress, and strain. I say all of this, of course, in full awareness of the stereotypical mother-in-law/son-in-law dynamic, and knowing how it must sound to the outsider. Suffice it to say that these visits seldom go as smoothly as they might. (She re-scheduled her flight to cut the first visit short; on her second visit, she managed to insult *all* of my wife’s friends at a party, and to accuse the host of being Satan; two years ago she drove past the house twice, both times within 3 miles, without even letting us know she was in town. I won’t even begin on the personality clashes–primarily between her and my wife…)
What I will say about her is that for all of her good qualities, I categorize her firmly in the column of “Those People.” The ones who put your teeth on edge; who make you cringe when they talk, and make you want to apologize to innocent bystanders on their behalf. She’s not your exactly a right-wing nut; in fact, she’d probably class herself as a moderate liberal. However, she seems to be getting more and more of her news lately from suspect sources–Fox and the like. (Her last phone conversation sounded like a re-hashing of the latest Fox News talking points.) I’m not certain what to attribute it to, and I’m about ready to stop trying. There does come a time, after all, when you have to stop beating your head against the brick wall, cut your losses, and move on.
Anyway, this week’s scheduled post is being delayed to next week–assuming we all survive the experience intact. Stay tuned!