i don’t like this word. not for mike’s parents anyway. to me it has such a negative connotation, one that just doesn’t fit my in-laws. you see, his parents are so kind and warm. they have always been good to me, always been supportive. i really enjoy spending time with them and treasure our relationship. i don’t want to call them by a word that has such negative implications.
i was telling my family about my concerns with calling his parents my in-laws. a couple weeks later, my sister suggested the perfect name for them. something she had read somewhere, probably in a chick-lit novel. but regardless, i like it. and it fits my husband’s parents perfectly: in-loves. mike’s mom is my mother-in-love. how sweet is that?
though i don’t think anyone would take me seriously if i actually used “in-loves” in conversation. i’ll just have to make sure that i have a positive tone in my voice when i say “in-laws.”