O is for Opal

A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Opal, 53, is Denise's mother-in-law; she and her husband raised their son Kevin, an only child, on the farm, but had hopes of him pursing a college education and moving on to do bigger things in his life. Opal had never been too fond of Denise, and she felt that Kevin's desire to remain on the family farm was influenced by his determination to marry Denise when just out of high school; she didn't  understand that farming was in Kevin's blood and he loved it and small community life.

Kevin and Denise had waited a few years to start a family, working hard and saving up enough money to buy a small home. When they announced that they were expecting a baby, Opal had mentioned to more than one of her friends that she didn't feel Denise was mature enough to be a good mother, and word of that got back to Denise, who became all the more determined to prove her wrong. When she found out they were having a boy, Opal decreed that he should be named Kevin Jr., and was more than unhappy when Denise and Kevin told her that they felt their son should have his own name; she was still trying to persuade them.

When Belle called Opal to tell her about the surprise baby shower being planned by the Women's Circle for Denise, she was totally taken aback when Opal stated abruptly that the Women's Circle hadn't held a shower for her when she was pregnant with Kevin, and she didn't plan to attend this one.
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  1. I know there are MIL's like that, but thank God mine was anything but!
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  2. A beautifully realistic portrayal of the mother-in-law vis-a-vis daughter-in-law relationship. However, i feel, not attending the baby shower would be too drastic and hurtful . Hope , Opal re-evaluates her thoughts and changes her plan.

  3. Mother in Laws! Don't start me on that one. We don't have baby showers here. We give them a bath. Only kidding! Wht a lot these ladies are.

    Amble Bay's Orchestra

  4. As a MIL, i try very hard to be easy to get along with and make no waves. When they lived here, i didn't interfere with their business. That's how it has to be.

  5. My mother in-law wasn't a woman I really warmed too, can't say why just didn't

  6. I've had some issues with my mother-in-law but nothing like that! Not a fan of Opal's :(


    N is for Stevie Nicks

  7. So sad. I think I have the best, kindest mother-in-law ever, and hope that I can be the same for my two daughters in law. I do feel that they are the best wives my sons could have chosen as companions.

  8. Oh, baby shower drama. I'm no stranger to that, as well you know. Opal still wants to control her little boy's life. I hope Kevin can effectively deal with her so Denise doesn't have to worry about that as she gets ready to become a mother. I wonder what Belle will say after she closes her mouth.

  9. I think Opal needs to back off a bit and let them make their own decisions.

  10. When you have a daughter, she's a daughter for life,
    But a son is a son until he takes a wife.

    Opal may want to re-evaluate her words and deeds here! lol


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