Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Unexpected friendship.

Byline: ALL IN THE FAMILY By Anne Hillerman * Illustration by Andrea Draper

One woman finds a stronger marriage through a deepening bond with her husband's mother

As a new wife, the idea that my bridal package included a mother-in-law never crossed my mind. I never imagined what a wonderful gift her friendship would be or how her love would strengthen our marriage.

I'd heard the mother-in-law jokes. You know: The best definition of mixed feelings? Your mother-in-law borrows your new Rolls Royce and drives it off a cliff. Not only had I read letters about the mothers-in-law from hell in Dear Abby, but several of my friends had mothers-in-law who fit that mold. …

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