Long live FOF mothers-in-law!

This is a momentous weekend for my FOF sister, Shelley. She and Russ celebrated their FORTIETH wedding anniversary, and their youngest son, Adam, became engaged to his girlfriend, Nicole.

FOF sister, Shelley, son Adam and Shelley's soon-to-be-daughter-in-law, Nicole

The 2005 movie, Monster-In-Law, was named after Shelley’s mother-in-law, as well as after countless mothers-in-law back in the day. But Shelley, like millions of FOFs, are giving new meaning to the words mother-in-law because she is going to treat Nicole like a daughter, rather than a son snatcher.

Shelley is thrilled that Adam met a lovely woman who loves him, even his numerous quirks. 🙂 She thinks Nicole is warm, beautiful, hard working and smart. She’s thrilled Nicole is not afraid to stand up to Adam but knows just when to go along with him.

Shelley doesn’t think she’s competing with Nicole for Adam’s attentions. Adam and Nicole only spent a couple of hours with our family on Thanksgiving because they were going to be with Nicole’s family in Boston. If Adam thinks it’s more important to be with Nicole’s relatives for a specific holiday, Shelley doesn’t fret about it. She knows she and Russ will have plenty of opportunity to spend time with them throughout the year.

Shelley gave Rusty an oil-painted version of their wedding portrait. Artist is Linda McCoy. You can see her work at shop.faboverfifty.com

I don’t believe mothers-in-law in days gone by were as personally fulfilled as they are today.  They put too much emotional investment in their adult offspring, hence they criticized daughters-in-law who didn’t toe the line. Shelley has a wonderful marriage, two wonderful sons and two fab sisters. She had a great career as a school nutrionist and now loves working with us on fab over fifty.

Shelley is lucky to be getting Nicole as a daughter in law. Nicole knows she’s lucky, too.

0 Responses to “Long live FOF mothers-in-law!”

  1. AZ says:

    Most of the people think that Adam and Eve were the luckiest couple in the world because neither of them had a Mother-In-Law, but luckily, I am not one of those people because I couldn’t love my Mother-In-Law anymore than I already do. There isn’t a word to express how much I love her… She is a smart, gorgeous, witty, sexy, exciting, active and fun woman. She is such a blast to hang out with and I wouldn’t know what to do without her! We laugh, cry, and celebrate the great times together, such as her son and now, daughter-in-law getting married. She is the perfect Mother-In-Law, I couldn’t have picked a better one. I love Shelly like she is my own Mother.

    I can’t wait to marry her perfect son!!!

    • Geri says:

      He’s especially perfect when he isn’t choosing clothes to buy.


    • Shelley says:

      It’s not difficult being an FOF future mother-law to Nicole as she is Fab herself! We do not have to work at our relationship. It’s easy and joyful being with Nicole always.

  2. sharon segal says:

    Dear Geri Mazel Tov to Shelley and Rusty on their 40th anniversary and to Adam and Nicole. Hope 2011 is a great year for all. Love, Sharon Segal


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