Meeting the In-Laws
Yesterday, we accompanied my father in-law to his daughter’s wedding food tasting. It was also my first time meeting her parents in-law. I was surprised to see how young and chatty her mother in-law is and how friendly she was; making effort to keep the conversation going throughout lunch.
My father in-law with his very cute grandsons. Haha.. Yes lah, MY sons :P Ethan was munching on nuts hence that mouth >_<
Gosh my eye bags. Ayden did not sleep a bit the night before due to his blocked nose so I was practically a zombie that day but how come he still looks so fresh? -.-
Anyway, back to the in-laws topic. I am never as chatty with my in-laws. Maybe because we have a language barrier. I don’t speak Chinese while they don’t speak English. They do speak Malay but I remember my father in-law was unwilling to converse with me in that language when we first met. He might be willing to speak to me in that language now but after so long, we just don’t make the effort anymore. Each time I meet them, like a robot, these are the only words I utter out – Pa eat, Pa I go home, Pa Bye. Ma eat, Ma I go home, Ma Bye. All that translated to Mandarin lah. I don’t know if they understand my strange sounding Mandarin or not but I guess they kind of got used to those words by now.
When I first got Ethan, they were quite disappointed that Ethan speaks only English too but by 4 years old, we sent that boy to BaoBei (Mandarin enrichment class) and he started to chatter in Mandarin from then on. These days, Ethan links us all together. My mother in-law glows with happiness each time Ethan (and also Ayden) visit her.
Darling once told me that it won’t kill me to make more effort to speak to my in-laws but I jokingly answered him that less talking means less arguing. Do you agree with me? Haha. I have two sons. In future, my daughter in-laws gonna treat me the same and THEN, I’ll know how bad I’ve been …
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I am a mother to two boys; Ethan and Ayden and a wife to Darling William. I'm a stay at home mum who blogs to break the monotony of life and to avoid feeling jaded. Would love to get to know all the Super Mommies and Daddies and Babies or Singles out there with the hope that we can learn more from each other. Most of all, I am a happy person, and I hope YOU are too.
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