Stick A Fork In It

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Programming note: In Hortense's wedding-related absence (no, it's not her wedding) we are happy to announce that Lindsay Robertson and Megan Carpentier will be holding down the fort for the next two days. Have a great weekend; see you Monday.

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Jane, you ignorant slut.

So, my mother-in-law was telling a child raising story tonight. Apparently when my husband was a toddler and threw temper tantrums, she used to douse him with about 18 oz. of water until he behaved himself. Like, poured out a giant cup of water on his head. "It didn't hurt him, he'd just gasp for a minute and it shocked him into being quiet."

My husband shrugs it off now and says it got him to behave. Me, I'm like, "Um, your mom waterboarded you?"

I can't imagine ever doing this to a child. I mean, I don't have kids, so maybe this is more common than I think or something, and I sure can imagine how a squalling toddler can get on your nerves after days of temper tantrums but, damn.

I smiled awkwardly and said nothing for a few minutes. And my relationship with my mother-in-law grows ever smoother each day.