In-Laws

First I had a Mother-in-law.
Then there were five brothers-in-law.
Those were followed quickly with three sisters-in-law.
Then came the nieces and nephews-in-law.
My husbands cousins, aunts and uncles became more in-laws
Fortunately, none of them were outlaws.
I learned to love them one and all, those in-laws.
Not that we always agreed,
But, normal life leaves lots of different needs.
Now I'm a Mother-in-law,
My husband a Father-in-law,
To a son-in-law.
Best of all,
Is our grandson, by law.
How I miss the in-laws who are now gone,
No longer with us where they belong.
So many tragedies we have faced.
But, then a new joy comes along in it's place.
I miss my own family members who're gone,
My Dad, and sister for so long,
The aunts, uncles, and cousisn, who have passed away
Remain in my heart and will till my dying day.
But in-laws we are and in-laws we'll be now,
And fullfill those needs the very best we know how!

by Catherine Ruedy

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