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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)

TITLE: Remotely Challenged
By Marita Thelander


Hey there, Little Bro!

How’s married life treating you? Do you know how hard it is to wrap my brain around this? I am so glad I was able to make it to the event. Wow, did her parents go all out or what? You married Daddy’s Little Girl for sure, and I can totally relate.

Megan had her elbow deep into my ribs during the entire event. Maybe I snickered too much, but I think what really made her jab me good may have been when I kept whispering…”oh dude…daddy’s little girl.” At one point I caught myself dropping my head into my hands in pure empathy for your cause.

Don’t get me wrong, Steve, Aimee seems like an adorable girl. I can see why you chased her down. Her looks alone…ever consider dressing her in drab ugly clothes now that you are married? It’s just a thought, man, just a thought.

So, Mom tells me you are spending Thanksgiving weekend with Aimee’s family, your first overnight stay at the in-laws, yes sir-ee. This got my mind to spinning so fast I had to sit down and write to you. I want to share with you from the wealth of my experience and vast knowledge. You can quit laughing now. On the other hand, keep laughing; you might enjoy a chuckle at the expense of your big brother.

The very first thing I learned on my maiden overnighter at the in-laws is extremely crucial. When offered by the in-laws to have a seat, and they do that little ‘wave the arm’ across the choices of places to sit, this doesn’t really mean you can sit anywhere. I, like a typical young impulsive idiot, sat in the recliner. It was an awesome piece of furniture, but we won’t go there. I learned very quickly that the recliner is equivalent to a throne, and is no place for a scrawny young son-in-law to sit his boney bottom in.

This was immediately followed by mistake number two. If the recliner is the throne, what would be the scepter? Yep, I am sure you have figured out mistake number two. Do not touch the remote control. I quickly picked it up and after glancing at my looming father-in-law, I put it down as if it were on fire. The whole weekend there, I could not touch it. I even broke out in a cold sweat when Daddy Dear went to nap and the remote just sat there, so lonely and forlorn.

My heart tugs at the memory even now. I didn’t want to change the channel. I just wanted to hold it. Feel it in my hands. Stroke the smooth underbelly while fondling the buttons ever so gently with my thumb. The surge of power that comes from the scepter in a man’s hand is unimaginable.

The final tip I have for you is a biggie. I learned, no matter how often I flashed my wedding ring in the presence of the in-laws, I did not have the right to touch my wife in their home. As tempting as this is, and trust me… it is tempting, do not touch, pet, paw or fondle Daddy’s Little Girl in his presence. Once you produce grandchildren, this will change. Shoot, it will even be encouraged if more grandchildren will be a possible outcome.

It is hard to believe my first overnight weekend with the in-laws has been over five years ago. Things can still be a little tense, but I will assure you it does get better. I still don’t sit in the recliner, but I am allowed to touch the remote once in awhile. Megan winks at me every time it is offered to me. I am allowed to touch my wife as well…within reason. Daddy Dear winks at me a lot now too. Gotta love the gift of grandkids.

Have a great Thanksgiving, Steve. Give Aimee our love, and dear Li’l Bro, behave.

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Debbie Wistrom05/15/08
This is priceless. I grinned all the way through it.

You laid out the rules quite well and with humor.

I'd like another installment of how Lil Bro fared on his trip.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/15/08
I loved this! I could so see this mischievous big brother with his unsolicited advice. Great job!
Laury Hubrich 05/16/08
This is so very funny! Your description of the brother with the remote is priceless:) how true is that?! Love this piece!
Holly Westefeld05/16/08
I enjoyed this rye story which garnered numerous chuckles.
Lollie Hofer05/16/08
You nailed it! The remote is very sacred at our house as well. Only my husband has power over that thing. Once in a while we put on some pathetic t.v. show and then hide the remote. Mike's response is not a pretty sight. This was fun to read. Good job! Has anyone noticed there's a lot of humorous stories this week? Gotta love it for sure.
Gregory Kane05/17/08
Terrific. You deserve to do really well. I especially loved this line: “do not touch, pet, paw or fondle Daddy’s Little Girl” as it captured so perfectly the curious little by-laws of family life.
Lyn Churchyard05/18/08
Ahh the source of all power - the remote.
What a great story and take on the topic. I loved every bit of it. The voice was perfect for the older brother. Super job!
Joanne Sher 05/18/08
Oh, what a complete DELIGHT, Mari! This must have been a blast to write - it certainly was to read! Fun - and a great voice!
Jan Ackerson 05/18/08
Hilarious! Love the voice and everything else about this witty piece.
LaNaye Perkins05/18/08
Oh, this was a hoot to read. You did a fine job of writing in this piece. Keep up the good work my FW friend.
LauraLee Shaw05/18/08
This was a whole lot of fun to read. I love, Love, LOVE the MC's sense of humor and drama. Several lines jumped out at me as extra clever and witty, but I liked this one a lot: I even broke out in a cold sweat when Daddy Dear went to nap and the remote just sat there, so lonely and forlorn.
Mariane Holbrook 05/18/08
This is so witty and funny. I so enjoyed it!
Beckie Stewart05/18/08
This was a fun read! Enjoyed the way your wrote this entry.
Pamela Kliewer05/19/08
Thanks for the laugh. I needed that today! What a great spin on the topic!
Joshua Janoski05/19/08
This was very funny, and yet the tips given ring true for a lot of guys first meeting their in-laws (or so I am told).

Thank you for sharing this. It gave me a good laugh and put a smile on my face. I especially liked the part about not touching his wife in front of her parents until after the grandkids. That was very funny.
Chely Roach05/20/08
Hilarious...the stroking the underbelly and fondling the buttons comment was THE BEST LOL I've had all day. Thanks!
Joy Faire Stewart05/21/08
Love, love, love the humor! One of my favorites and great title. Excellent job!
Sara Harricharan 05/21/08
Love the humor here! It's well presentened and I think it's a true POV with the guy perspective. Nice job! I also liked the letter format-it made it great-and so did the title! ^_^
Angela M. Baker-Bridge05/21/08
Very creative take on the topic, refreshing approach. Great job!
Shirley McClay 05/22/08
Mari!!!! Congratulations!! SO excited... YEAH!
Joshua Janoski05/22/08
An EC for you Marita! I'm so happy for you! :)
Joy Faire Stewart05/22/08
Congratulation on your win. Great job!!
Laury Hubrich 05/22/08
Wow! I told you it was good:) Now didn't I?
LauraLee Shaw05/22/08
Congratulations on your Editor's Choice! Let's grab a latte and celebrate!
Betsy Markman05/22/08
Very fun to read. Well done!
Catrina Bradley 05/22/08
WOO HOOOOO!! Loved your entry, and I'm so glad to see you in the EC list, Marita!! Wonderful wonderful!!
Mandy White05/23/08
Marita, this was sooo true and hilarious! Congrats on your EC!
Sheri Gordon05/23/08
Congratulations on your EC. This is very cute. Love the voice.