Monday, May 3, 2010

Culture Clash!!!

This is another one of those posts where I look to you to commiserate with me and tell me that I am not alone. aka my favorite kind of post.

Are you married to someone who is completely Americanized yet from a different culture? A culture where they put out signs like this *winces* when their family members come to visit:

....and whose family members drive around with a license plate like this:
Do you come from a family as "pedestrian" as mine that doesn't have a family crest? And even if they did, they wouldn't bring it out in public?

Now, here's the part where you tell me your zany in-law stories...

31 comments:

Kristina P. said...

My FIL is completelly OCD. He told his kids that he shot the Easter Bunny because it walked on the lawn. Nice.

Michelle Pixie said...

Mine are just nuts and I will give you a slight glimpse into what I have to deal with... When my hubby and I got married my MIL showed up drunk {she's not normally a drinker so she didn't hold her liquor well} she started screaming for us to not sign the marriage license because if we didn't sign it it wouldn't be legal. She's a peach and it has been downhill from there! ;-)

Kristin said...

My in laws are from Minnesota. It's a culture shock for them every time they come to FLA I think. HA!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

That is too funny! I actually get along with my inlaws. They have their crazy moments, for the most part, they're awesome!

Jayne said...

I'm honestly shocked. You mean you don't have a family crest?!! Oh but you must [make one up] find yours. Immediately.

alessandra said...

Hahaha, nobless oblige ;)

Rachel Cotterill said...

Ummm where is that crest from? That's kind of cool. (No, I don't think my family has one, either!)

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

I cannot compete with your other friends' stories ;)

My inlaws are simply dysfunctional, but except for my husband's grandmother who would tell me each time we met over 20 years "I'm going to die soon, so this will be the last time we say goodbye" (who finally did pass away after reaching her 100th birthday) they're fairly benign and boring.

There are worse things than a sign on the lawn, my friend. Count your blessings ;)

smArtee said...

Haaa...I dont have any..which makes for a very lovely life...but very dull blog fodder...I dont see them often..as they are situated across the states and their lives and idiosyncracies don't have any affect on us..they are just nice people...sorry so boring from this neck of the woods....now my mother thats a different story...LMAO..

Mommy, I'm Home said...

My late father-in-law had someone research the family history and create a family crest. It was hideous! When he died, he willed it to my stepson, who proudly displays it in his apartment. I just cringe when I see it...

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

my in-laws are just ignorant hicks. My brother in law lied in order to get married in a church to his 8 month pregnant fiancee. Classy, no? He lied and promised to attend the church and to get baptized, then told everyone at the reception (held at a bar no less...his bride's father wanted to buy her a drink-she was 8 months pregnant!) that he just said what he had to in order to get married in the church. Is it any wonder I only see these people twice a year, 4th of July and Christmas???

Salt said...

Hahaha seriously?

My inlaws are all much more normal and down to earth than my blood relatives are. It's a nice change of pace.

We do have a family crest, but we don't advertise it.

McVal said...

My hubby found out that his family crest says something like, "Miseri di succor disco" or something like this. We think it means we horribly suck at disco. Which is pretty accurate...
This one probably wouldn't apply to you but you can use it anyway if you want.

Randi Troxell said...

i admit.. i'm a tad spoiled, hubs and i live in south georgia around my family.. and hubs is from northern oklahoma.. so between money (for flights) and work schedules between hubs and i.. we really only see his family about 1 or 2 times a yr.. and i'm bad to admit... i like it!!!

buffalodick said...

Our family crest would have my ancestors being hung for horse thieves in the Netherlands.. :) I tell people that's why they immigrated!!

Yankee Girl said...

You already know my in-law stories. Lucky for me they can't embarrass me anymore!

blueviolet said...

If I had a family crest, I'd be stenciling it on my garage door. Ok, maybe not, but I still kinda think it's cool to have one. ;)

NIKOL said...

My parents were basically hippies and we are your typical Southern Californians. My in-laws are mostly retired military, hard core conservative Republicans from rural Idaho. I LOVE when our two families get together!

Lisa said...

We are so not like that!
I love my In-laws...Thank you Jesus!

Crystal Escobar said...

haha, I love it! And of course I love that it's GERMAN!!!
My father in law grew up in Australia and England, so he has a mixed accent :)

Melissa B. said...

We're pretty boring over here in Scribeland. But I do have a friend whose son had the family crest TATOOED on his bicep. Takes up the entire half of his arm!

Slamdunk said...

The in-laws have their share of mental issues and the Mrs. jokes that if she would have fully disclosed such information prior to getting married, I would have headed for the hills.

It can be entertaining though...

alessandra said...

Hey Carma, I need your honest opinion about an issue, on my blog, thanks my dear :D

LiLu said...

One of my exes was all about the "Hamilton" family crest. When he decided to get a tattoo was probably the moment I knew we weren't meant to be...

Cara Smith said...

I am pretty sure my family is crazier than my husbands. Not by much, but the freaks are definately on my side.

TKW said...

My husband is Indian (dots, not feathers). My in-laws make me nuts! They left India almost 40 years ago and his mother still wears the dot and the Indian garb and only cooks Indian food.

When we visit, she throws parties and makes me wear a sari. I hate it. Indian women in saris? Gorgeous. Scrawny, blonde, pale chick in a sari? Ridiculous!

And then it's kind of a no-no in Indian culture for women to drink, so all of the women would sit and drink tea. Except for the awkward-looking blonde in a sari, sipping wine and receiving dirty looks.

Erin said...

My in-laws are horrid. But I can't write anything about them. Ever. And definitely not on my bliggedy blog.

I can tell you that my FIL once took a photo of his poop in the toilet and emailed it to us. He was apparently astonished by the size of the output. Ugh. Wouldn't you love to be related to that?

oh, and I'm following you now. Thanks for stopping by my place.

Joann Mannix said...

Do NOT even go there with me because my comment will be 5 times the length of your post. Suffice to say, my in-laws are some born again Christians who believe it is the Christian thing to judge all others on a very preachy, narrow scale. They are also more than a tad bit crazy.

Oh, and their 2 daughters can do no wrong. Especially the one who has 5 kids from a common law marriage, is a horrible mother, has been in jail more than a handful of times and steals from her parents. MY sister in law's only daughter used to spend every summer with us and the stories she would tell us about her life at home would just kill me. At 15, my niece told me she wanted to live with us. We called her mom, her mom was all, "Fine by me." We were all set to become her legal guardian and then my God fearing mother in law stepped in and convinced my SIL that she needed to keep her daughter with her. After a HUGE battle where we finally dropped our fight because of the problems it was causing, I asked my mother in law, why she interfered. She said she thought the situation would look bad to all of her church friends.

I wish I was kidding. My niece is now an adult. A good girl. But she lives in a hut with no electricity or running water. She wears dreads, doesn't shave under her arms and grows pot for a living. Her life could have been so full of promise with us.

Also, my SIL has now joined a church she found one that takes missionary trips to Jamaica. My SIL goes so she can get a free trip to Jamaica where she can score the good weed. My MIL goes around announcing, "Praise the Lord. My girl has found her way to Jesus!"

Okay, enough ranting for one day.

Tracie said...

If we had a family crest it would have a Mt. Dew can, a shot gun, a can of snuff on it. Klassy.

JoeyRes said...

Really? The sign is hysterical!

mac said...

I think my side is the odd one in about any relationship I've ever been in.

You know it's bad when I'm the sanest one in a group!

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