Thursday, October 16, 2008

The time was 5:45 AM. I just finished giving daughter #1 her 5:00 AM bottle. I was still feeling sleepy and lethargic for the baby was quite fussy all night. Colic. What I would not give for a good night's sleep. Suddenly there was a loud banging at the bedroom door. It sounded like a heavy object was being rammed into our door. The baby, startled, started crying while hubby got up to see what was happening. I picked up the baby and tried to settle her. As my husband opened the door, there, in all his early morning glory, was my father-in-law. He was ramming the door with a bench to wake us up. He said "Ano ba?! Gumising na kayo tanghali na. Ikaw babae, maghanda ka na ng almusal." (Wake up, it's already late. Woman, fix breakfast.)

I did not know if I would laugh or cry. The scene was straight out of a Filipino classic movie - the daughter-in-law dreadfully treated by the in-laws. I could not believe the lack of respect and propriety! I was speechless and felt that I was transported back to the Middle Ages. My husband looked at his father then back to me. He was clueless as to what to do next. I sort of felt that hubby wanted me to do what his father wished. In Your Dreams! I stood my ground. I respectfully but firmly said to my father-in-law - "You have 5 maids, a wife and two single daughters living here with you. Tell them to cook your breakfast. My place is to take care of my family, not you."

My father-in-law looked at me but said nothing. He left and from then on, he afforded me the respect that I deserved.
Posted by desperateblogger On 10/16/2008 05:47:00 PM 6 comments


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  2. sa wakas... nakasilip din ako sa blog mo, 'te lena...

    feeling ko ang tagal kong nawala. "on-leave" ako sa blogging. the student-mom here is kinda busy,still coping up with huge requirements huhu!!!

    take care and God Bless!!!!


  3. Uh oh...tama ka dyan Middle Ages nga ang dating. Para ngang movie scene. Grabe ang mga experiences mo pala with in-laws. With all the interesting stories you have you can probably use the theme on in laws sa next month...LOL.

    Heto at nag ba blog bago mag mumog. Hahaha.....


  4. Wow galing mo ma'am! if I was in your shoes I would have just cried out of self pity.hehe

  5. huling: just found out that some nieces and nephew in-laws are reading my blog! lol! ay grabe sa dami ako ng "horror" stories re in-laws... up to now meron pa rin. they just can't reconcile that i am more beautiful and intelligent than them and their spouses!

    renz: yan ang huwag mong gagawin, ang umiyak because of self-pity. =)

  6. WOW, pang, MMK pala ang story mo Lena about your experiences with your in-laws. Pero hirap talaga ang makisama sa in-laws sa iisang bubong no.

    Thanks nga pala sa comment about Daniel...Dana and I appreciate it...Enjoy your whole week!



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