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Mothers-in-law don’t always get a bad rap PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor

In less than a month, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day. According to surveys on my favorite game show, Family Feud, Mother’s Day is the No. 1 answer to the question on what day restaurants are busiest.
And that’s as it should be. While it may not be politically correct to say so, we mothers still do the majority of cooking in the majority of households, don’t we? So a nice dinner out is a great way to show your mom, grandmother or mother-in-law how special they are.
Hopefully, that doesn’t happen only on Mother’s Day.
I lost my mother 13 years ago. And, just this week, I lost my mother-in-law, who was just like a second mom to me. I’ve often said if I had the chance to hand-pick my mother-in-law it would have been her.
Mothers-in-law often get a bad rap. I’m thankful that wasn’t the case for me. Rita (who coincidentally had the same first name as my own mom) was one of those people who never really met a person she didn’t like. She always found the positive, even with those folks I knew she had difficulty with at times.
And, could she cook! I remember her homemade chicken noodle soup as the best I’d ever tasted, as well as her apple pies. Those pies were even a hit here in Imperial. Once while she was visiting when our three children were still small, we had a church potluck and she offered to make a couple pies for us to take. One of those who chose a piece of her pie at the potluck was Fred Bessler (one of Imperial’s favorite pie lovers). He was so impressed with the flavor that he had to find out who brought those pies! He wasn’t too surprised when he found out they were made by my mother-in-law instead of me. On a later visit in Imperial, she remembered how Fred liked her apple pie, so made one just to take over to him and enjoy once again.
She created unique denim quilts for each of our children and her other grandchildren as they grew older. Each one was made with some of that child’s grown-out-of jeans or other denim clothing. What memories those quilts still have for them.
As we celebrate her life this week at a wake service and funeral, I will be smiling. She left so many good memories with me and with so many others in her small community of Herman, Minn. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all leave this world with such a positive mark?
I will miss my mother-in-law as I miss my own mom. May she rest in peace.


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