Sunday, January 10, 2010
Mirror,mirror, on the wall
Who’s the most favorite daughter-in-law of all?
It used to be moi.
La Mom was the next best thing after champagne in Big Cheese’s family. Miss America was welcomed with open arms. An American joining the family made them proud.
The fact that I had the Cheese heir in the oven didn’t hurt either.
But now I’ve got competition. Miss France has arrived on the scene and she’s got two things over me that bump me out of my first place favorite spot:
1/ A "de" in her name. As in, Anne-Sophie de Fontaine. A de means that her family once belonged to the aristocratic elite (Anne-Sophie of Fontaine).
2/ A chateau.
(Sidebar: Big Cheese’s family already has three castles in the family, do they really need another one? )
That was then:
Mother-In-Law: Grandkids, move over and let La Mom sit there! She’s our belle américaine, let her sit where she wants.
Father-In-Law: Eh oui, j’adooooore Americans. They are so friendly and open, just like you are.
This is now:
FIL: Isabelle came back from her gap year in the US and she looks like an American – big and fat!
(OMG, why so aggressive all of a sudden towards my compatriots?)
MIL: Our Anne-Sophie, isn’t she just beautiful?
(Not really IMHO. Let’s just say if I worked at the French Ministry of Tourism, I wouldn’t put her face on a poster advertising France’s beauty. MIL’s blinded because she has her aristocratic de goggles on.)
MIL: No, La Mom, you can’t celebrate Christmas with the French Fries on the morning of the 25th like you did in the US growing up. You’re not in America anymore, thank goodness!
FIL: Not bad for the latest edition to our family! Her family's chateau has 16 windows across the façade. When we were at the engagement party last summer I counted.
(My family house growing up only had 5 windows on its front – shameful!)
So dear mirror on the wall, who’s the favorite daughter-in-law of all?
16 to 5 Miss France/La Mom? I think the first place spot goes to Miss France, don’t you?
at 2:14 PM