Family events can be stressful. Whether they are for your family by blood or marriage, it's easy to get drawn into the emotional stews that have been simmering for a lifetime. The bridal shower I attended on Saturday was no exception. With all of the crazy emotional turmoil that took place behind the scenes, the bride's mom (my husband's aunt who is only 2 years older than he is) remained gracious and serene (at least on the surface).
Although my contribution to the shower decorations were minimal, she made me feel as though I was a major factor in the success of the shower. As I left the restaurant, she presented me with one of the centerpieces. It makes me happy to know that I have in-laws, rather than out-laws.