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My Mother-in-Law: A Woman of Wisdom, Compassion and Love

MIL & Edison

I love my mother-in-law. I know that this is not a popular statement, but yes, you read that right! When others are complaining about their interfering mother-in-law, I find myself enjoying the relationship with her.

There is one crucial thing that connects us. We share a LOVE for my husband (her son) and our Little Edison. We get along well, and we always respect each other.

My mother-in-law is indeed an awesome lady. She has the kindest heart that is evident in everything that she does. She treasures not material possessions, but the things that matter most – God and family. She is a woman full of wisdom, compassion and love.

She is in her mid sixties now, but she still looks young and fabulous at her age. She had a very tough life growing up in a poor family where she was born. She is also a survivor of nose cancer. Not only did she survive, but she prevailed. She learned to be a fighter; fighting for her own life for years. I admire her for her grit and determination.

Nonetheless, the chemotherapy that she had twenty years ago has damaged her hearing. She used to be able to hear from one side of her ear using a hearing-aid, but in recent years, the hearing aid no longer works for her. And she lost her hearing completely. It’s also something that saddens every one of us in the family.

Despite all the difficulties that she faced after losing her hearing, she still leads her life as normal. She goes exercise in the morning, she goes to the market, she cooks, she takes care of us, and she continues to shower us with unconditional love. Treasure what you have now, that’s what she always says.

For a kind mother like her, she deserves the best of health. She deserves to enjoy the fruits of her labours. And she deserves to be rewarded for what she has contributed to her family.

I’m most grateful to her being the caregiver of Little Edison when I’m at work. She takes this enormous responsibility with pride and provides him with complete care and attention. She cooks dinner for us so that we can enjoy a healthy meal when we get home.

When I offer to wash the dishes after the meal, she will quickly stop me and says, “You’re tired after working the whole day. Take a rest and let me wash them.” Then, she will dish out a plate of fruits that she has earlier on prepared for us.

I have no idea what I did to deserve such a great mother-in-law. I count my blessings every day when I look at our wonderful relationship. I love her like I love my own mother, and she loves me like I’m her own daughter too.

Having said this, I realize that Mother’s Day is quick approaching. It’s time to plan for a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration with her.

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Adora April 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Very nice post, Em! You are indeed very blessed to have a good relationship with your mum inlaw. I cannot imagine being so patient like her!

Emily April 23, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Hi Adora,
Thanks. She’s really fantastic, I can’t imagine life without her.. I’m sure it will be very tough for me & my hubby. 🙂 For sure, I will have to sacrifice my job if she didn’t offer to help us. I’m still not a big fan of childcare centers.

Lynn April 22, 2013 at 5:37 AM

You are indeed blessed! She is a good role model for all of us and just by looking at her photo, you can see that she is full of grace. Thank God for her! And indeed, I agree with ‘Treasure what you have now’.

Emily April 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Hi Lynn,
Yes, she is full of grace. She was very pretty when she was young, and she used to be a model too. I looked at her photo albums with awe, and I told myself that she was really beautiful.

Dominique Goh April 22, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Really blessed Emily to have such a nice MIL. Great to read you have a good relationship with her.

Emily April 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Thanks, Dom! And I really cherish this wonderful and close relationship with her. 🙂

Susan April 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

You’re so blessed to have a great relationship with your MIL. I really admire her courage for overcoming cancer as it’s a often a battle of emotions too. You have a good example to look up to 🙂

Emily April 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Hi Susan,
She is one of my source of strengths too. She went through so much hardships to achieve what she had today, and she really inspires me and give me a lot of strength to overcome the difficulties I have today. 🙂

Mabel April 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

amazing. i really cannot imagine having such a wonderful mother-in-law… how blessed it is for women to have such a lovely and understanding mother-in-law!

and yes, very good role model!

[note to self: be the amazing mother-in-law (not monster-in-law) when the kids grow up. hehe :P]


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