By Afshan Zahra
Our media and society have demonized a few roles like that of a stepmother, mother-in-law, paternal aunt (phopho) etc. by depicting them as characters possessing negative traits and evil intentions. We have all seen a plethora of Pakistani soaps and dramas based on the cliched story line of an evil mother-in- law oppressing her innocent daughter-in-law to comprehend that a mother and a mother-in-law do not and cannot hold the same leverage. Being an avid viewer of family soaps, I held the same perception about mother-in-law (MIL) until I came across someone who not only theoretically but also practically demonstrated that it is not necessary for a MIL to be a villain in every story. Can you guess who that someone was? She was none other than my own MIL.
It’s been almost a year to my wedding and my mother-in-law has taken such good care of me that she has never made me feel less of a daughter. Here, I would like to mention eight reasons that makes me admire my MIL:
By praising my mother-in-law in this blog, I do not mean to say that all MILs are lily-white, while their DILs whine about their bad behavior out of hatred for them. I am just trying to establish that for every one devilish MIL, there are ten more who are blameless and hold nothing but love for their daughters-in-law. They must receive their due commendation.