My Korean friends like my mother-in-law.
They see her driving Baby Dynamo’s stroller in the morning so I could prepare Little Dynamo for school and I can go to the gym. Some saw her with a garbage bag to dispose our trash – one friend remarked “it is unthinkable for my mother-in-law to do that!”. I blurted out one time that my mother-in-law prepares my coffee – breakfast and afternoon snack time – and she suddenly became a MIL ideal figure. LOL.
But, of course! mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relatiosnhips are never perfect nor ideal. I absolutely dread shopping with her – in the Philippines or here in Seoul – wuhuhuhuhu. Spare me! She could spend the whole day in a mall without getting tired. Bring her to an outdoor tourist spot and in 30 minutes she would be exhausted!
Still, I’m luckier than most, I guess, when it comes to the kind of mother-in-law that I have. She seldom demands, she always gives – her time, her effort, her pride.