I have a Spanish (almost) mother-in-law. Her name is Josefa, but she goes by Pepita. She is great.
I am 5’11″. She is, perhaps, 5’1″. She was raised in small Spanish pueblo with her many brothers and sisters; she was the youngest. She learned French in school and thus does not know any English. It’s okay, though; I speak Spanish (surprise, surprise!).
I know you don’t happen upon a Spanish mother-in-law every day. I know! I am just saying … they are pretty amazing MILs! Why? Here’s why:
- They worry way too much. This may not sound like a plus, but at least you know someone’s always thinking about you and hoping/praying you are okay.
- They cook so damn well. I wish I could put into words how much I love her cooking – but I can’t. Let me just say: until you have tasted her tortilla de patata, you have not lived.
- They love you like a member of their family. You cannot escape that, nor would you want to.
- They may seem overzealous, but it’s only because they want to help
- They try to help you dress well, even if this includes buying 30€ scarves at Massimo Dutti and then ironing them for you.
- They help you improve your Spanish. They may not try to do so, but it is, after all, inevitable. Also, try learning how to cook any dish from them—this exercise will stretch your vocabulary, believe me.
- Did I mention they know how to cook? Would you like to learn? Hey, so would I. Only problem? All her recipes are oral, not written, and i tend to get confused. If only, if only.
- They know a lot of history—they’ve grown up here. Thus, if you venture out to the local parador, she will be able to explain the historical significance to you.
- Spanish moms know how to appreciate good wine (hey, so does mine!).
So yeah, get yoself a Spanish MIL and maybe you’ll be as cool as me. Though I really doubt it. I think Pepita could kick your Spanish MIL right outta the water! No, but really -her food is better. It’s just a fact; you’ll have to accept it.