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The Room For Rent Is A Lie

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I submitted this story about my pain-in-the-rear mother-in-law. She is very generous… with other people’s time and stuff. This causes a lot of friction because I never let her have her way, and my husband supports me. When we moved down the street from her, she decided we would be a bed and breakfast for all her relatives to come and visit her. I would entertain and feed them and they could visit her during the day. However, a rule my husband and I had decided on when we first married was no overnight guests. This was mainly due to the fact that we had bums on both sides of the family.

I get a call one day from a relative in the other part of the country.

Relative: “Hello, [My Name]. We are coming down to visit all of you next month.”

Keep in mind that in over twenty years of marriage, I have never met this relative or even talked to them.

Me: “Oh, that’s nice. I can’t wait to meet you. Perhaps we can have you over for coffee or something.”

Relative: “Oh, but we are staying at your house.”

Me: “Ah, no, you are not. For one, I don’t know you, and I will not have complete strangers stay in my home when I have small children. Not that it matters, because we do not have overnight guests.”

Relative: “Well, [Mother-In-Law] said we could.”

Me: “How nice, since this is not her home and she has no say in it.”

Relative: “She paid for it, so she should get some say in it.”

Me: “She did?! Oh, my! Would you mind calling my mortgage company and letting them know, please? Because, apparently, I have paid tens of thousands of dollars on a mortgage I don’t owe.” *Silence* “Now, I know you might not want to stay with my mother-in-law due to her heavy smoking, and she had no extra beds, but there is a hotel down the road I can give you the info for. I suggest you do not wait too long, though, since this is tourist season here and the hotels tend to fill up fast.”

Relative: “Can you just make the reservation for us?”

Me: “No, you will need to use a credit card for the reservation.”

Relative: “Oh, just put it on your card and we will pay you back.”

Me: “I can’t do that, since we don’t have credit cards. We don’t believe in them. Do you want the hotel info now?”

They took the number. [Mother-In-Law] was so embarrassed to have been called out on her lie she never pulled that again. That was over fifteen years ago and they still haven’t visited. Wonder if they got lost on the way here?

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