This is what happens when I do housework. I have time to think about random crap.
Today’s question: What’s in a name? More specifically, how do you address your in-laws and how did you come to that decision?
When I was dating, and later married to, my ex-husband, his parents were Jim and Mary Jo. Now, my in-laws are Mom and John. I wouldn’t dare to call John dad since Rick doesn’t, his dad passed away in 1999.
Growing up, my mom called my grandparents Mom and Dad (I think) but my aunt called them Bud and Shirley. My brother and sister-in-law both call their in-laws by first name. There are definitely more people I know who call their in-laws by first name, but I also know a few others who refer to them by mom and dad.
In my experience, it has depended on how close I am to my significant other’s parents. My ex’s mom and I were friendly but not terribly close. It would have seemed awkward to call her mom. On the other hand, my husband’s mother and I were extremely close during the years we lived in Nebraska. It was natural for me to call her mom and I still do today.
I’d love to hear from others on this random thought!