NO ONE can embarrass you like a family member. Particularly one's own mother.... and in my case, my own mother AND my mother-in-law.
About a month before Rob and I got married, my mother wanted to share with me an exciting new purchase. She pulls out a shopping bag, reaches in and comes out with silk lingerie. I, of course, assumed it was for my honeymoon. I was mildly embarrassed and thanked her. I was so, so horribly wrong in my assumption. She looked puzzled and said: "This is for me when your father and I go on vacation in July." While I enjoy a close mother/daughter relationship with my Mom.... some things a child should never, ever know about her parents. Never. Brain squeegee needed at just the memory of this horrible moment.
And my dear mother-in-law, to whom I am also very close, has handed me a few embarrassing moments as well. Also just before our wedding, she and I went shopping for a few last minute items. We ended up at Wal-mart, where she leads me down the feminine produce/prophylactics/lubricants aisle. I am mortified to think I might be about to discover information about my in-laws that I really don't need or want to know. Information that I can torture Rob with for years, since he is convinced that his parents do not engage in this type of activity. She picks up a tube of astroglide (#1 doctor-recommended natural lubricant) and puts it in the shopping cart. Turns out the astroglide is not for the in-laws, but for my honeymoon. Does it get any better than your mother-in-law purchasing personal lubricant for you? She also gives me recommendations about feminine hygiene.
Should I be grateful that both my mother and mother-in-law feel that they can truly talk to me about anything? Or should I be afraid, very afraid, of conversations (and shopping trips) to come?!
9 months ago