My Mother-in-Law Practical Jokes My Husband

I recently came back from visiting my Mother-in-Law near Sarasota, Florida, where my husband’s favorite hobby is teasing his mother about Florida-retiree cliches. Golf carts, sweat, swimming aerobics, fried beach hut food, more sweat, having to walk the dog so it isn’t carried away by gators or panthers (or gators and panthers who have worked out some sort of hunting partnership)… you name it.

Water Aerobics. I'm still sore.

Water Aerobics. The horror, the horror.

But my Mother-in-Law had her revenge.

We were on our way to the pool at her community. I was poking through her endless array of visors, having remembered that the heat and sun in Florida is more like Mars than Earth.   Did I want glittery? Thatch? Pink? Neoprene? Be-speckled with tiny Flamingos wearing sunglasses? Settling on a plain white visor with a brim curved to emulate the world’s twistiest roller coaster, I waited in the hall with my Mother-in-Law, Mary, for my husband, Mike, to return from a quick trip to the bathroom.

We watched as he exited the bathroom and flicked the light switch on and off several times. He stood in the hall, hands on hips, peering into the bathroom, befuddled.

“I can’t get this light to turn off, Ma,” he said, flicking the light a fifth time.

“Kick your leg in there,” said Mary.

Mike looked at us. “What?” he asked.

“Kick your leg. Just stand in the hall and kick your leg into the bathroom,” she said. “That will turn it off.”

“Seriously?” said Mike, assuming this was another nutty thing Florida-retiree bathrooms did, like spontaneously sprout tissue box cozies.

“It’s so stupid,” Mary huffed, as if she wrestled with the light every morning following the preparation of her standard 9-course breakfast. (Did you know if you eat yogurt every morning you’ll never have heartburn? Did you know these are the greatest peaches in the world? Did you know the mango jelly is homemade?)

Mike kicked his leg into the bathroom like a Rockette. I could see the light still shining.

“Kick!” said Mary. “Really kick!”

Mike kicked several more times and waved his arms for good measure. He’s so tall and thin he looked like Kermit the Frog having an epileptic seizure.

“Ma!” he said. “It isn’t working!”

Confused how these goofy machinations could ever work, I squinted at Mary.

“It’s on a motion sensor?” I asked.

She grinned and winked at me as Mike danced in and out of the bathroom.

“It’s a skylight,” she said, as we both burst into tears of laughter.


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5 Responses

  1. Katie

    Bahaha – amazeballs! It’s things like this that make me thank Baby Jesus for the internet. How else could one share such stories so quickly with hundreds of strangers?! xxx


  2. Sarcastic Ninja

    That is a pretty good joke – I particularly like the image of Kermit having an epileptic seizure. However, thanks to you I am now concerned about the risk of gator-panther doubleteaming.

    Actually, that sounds like it could be the premise of a great B-movie.



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