Mother-in-law still in shock.
Ten years gone and her son
remains married to the woman
she refers to only
in impersonal pronouns.

What’s a grandmother to do?
Especially after the arrival
of the three “adorable”
grand children who happen
to look just their mother!

It’s been a while since
the mother-in-law stopped
referring to the marriage
as a “situation,” or prayed
for a break up.

She is more accepting now.
Maybe because some things
really do mellow over time.
Like grandparents.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. Janet prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.