A bride has spoken out and revealed why she forgave her mother-in-law who donned a wedding gown to her wedding.
Following her wedding day, Amy Pennza took the actions of her unconventional mother-in-law to Twitter where she wrote:
“My mother-in-law wore a wedding dress to my wedding. So, yeah, top that one, Twitter.”
“If you look closely, you can see my clenched fist…” she added in a reply.
Soon enough, Twitter was set on fire with responses of fellow wives and brides-to-be who accused the mother-in-law of crossing the line by wearing a wedding dress to Amy’s special day.
After people showed a lot of interest in the topic, Amy decided to share an insight into why her mother-in-law acted the way she did.
“I didn’t know what my mother-in-law planned to wear. I didn’t think to ask,” Amy added in an update.
“The morning of the wedding, all the women in the bridal party cram into a tiny room in the church. You know, body glitter and hairspray everywhere. Fifteen coats of mascara. Putting napkins under your pits so you don’t sweat on your dress.
“I don’t remember much about the day. Most people say their wedding is a blur, and that’s true for me, too. But I know I said this: ‘You… You could be the bride…’
“Later, my sister (matron of honor) said she didn’t pull me aside and talk about it because she hoped I was too distracted to notice. My college roommate (bridesmaid) said the same thing.
“But secretly, they both spent the reception looking at me, then each other, then MIL, then me, then the cop the venue made us hire—hoping I didn’t go for his taser.
“I’m happy to report the wedding unfolded without bloodshed, or anyone being shoved into the champagne fountain.”
Nearly defending her mother-in-law’s actions despite feeling upset over her choice of wear, Amy added a special twist to her story.
“Here’s the thing: My mother-in-law is extremely frugal. And I don’t mean she just enjoys a good bargain. To understand her, you have to know where she comes from,” she wrote.
“She grew up in extreme poverty. As a child, she used to sneak into the kitchen and eat match heads. That’s a pica craving, and kids do it when they’re malnourished.
“When you grow up with nothing, it stays with you. Forever, I think. No matter how much money you earn, there’s always that little fear in the back of your mind that someone might take it all away.
“But her upbringing didn’t make her hard. Or cruel. Or selfish. However, she’s a bargain hunter to the bone. Her money-saving strategies are legend—and often hilarious. At family gatherings, we amuse ourselves telling stories of crazy shit she’s done to save money. For example, she takes the olives and celery out of a Bloody Mary and saves them for salads.
“She always has a plastic water bottle in her purse. At restaurants, she’ll fill up her bottle with water from the table. ‘Why not? I’m paying for it.’
“When my daughter drinks ice water, my mother-in-law makes her put the empty glass on the counter. ‘Leave the ice in there…it’ll melt and make more water.’
“So when she spotted The Dress at an incredible bargain, she couldn’t turn it down. If you ask her now, she says she feels terrible about it. Although, she also told me, ‘I think I’ve still got it. We should raffle it off.’”
And as every romance author should, Amy ended her story with a happy ending.
“So, yeah, the wedding dress was a shock. But it gave me a pretty funny memory. No one who attended has ever forgotten it. And, you have to admit, weddings can be forgettable,” she added.
“Sure, she wore a wedding dress to my wedding. But she has more than made up for it since. When I told her about this getting a lot of attention, and said I worried it might hurt her feelings, she waved it off. ‘Whatever makes me famous.’”
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