per·i·pa·tet·ic
ˌperēpəˈtedik/
adjective
  1. 1.
    traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods.
    "the peripatetic nature of military life"
    synonyms:nomadic, itinerant, traveling, wandering, roving, roaming, migrant,migratory, unsettled
    "I could never get used to her peripatetic lifestyle"
  2. 2.
    Aristotelian.
noun
  1. 1.
    a person who travels from place to place.
  2. 2.
    an Aristotelian philosopher.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A to Z Blogging Challenge: D is for Daughter-in-law

D is for Daughter-in-law

I'm back on my diet of shorter posts. The one I fixed for yesterday was certainly more than a mouthful.

Whoever thought up the term "daughter-in-law" must not have been on good terms with one. Don't you think it sounds like someone who's just an entity in a legal contract? It's too cold and impersonal for my tastes. Thankfully, I can say that in our family's case, being on good terms with our son's wife and mother of our grandson has been delightfully easy and a real blessing.

We don't have the same heritage. We may not always agree on everything. We do share a common love and bond that's too strong for human willfulness to break. I think our differences make us stronger.

The term "daughter-in-law" in Spanish is hija politica. I don't care for it either. Politica? Yuck! An emphatic No! to that word. I've decided to give our Peruvian lady in question a much better title: nuestra Dios, la hija de. I hope it's okay, grammatically, that is. It sounds downright poetic, I think. Now we're speakin' the same language.

Cumpleanos feliz, Daughter of Our God!


See A to Z Blogging Challenge for links to more "D's" from Challenge sponsors and other writers.

15 comments:

  1. So many words for the letter D and you chose your Daugher in law. That is awesome!

    I try to be a good DIL to the Saints parents. We had a brief "bad time" but we worked it out and are now closer then ever.

    The Saint is a good Son in law to my parents. My dad gave him the name "The Saint" so that should tell ya something...

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  2. You know, I think you've made a good point--I've never really thought about it.


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  3. Hi W2W .. I answered your Down/Up question over on my blog - a history lesson?! But fun to know.

    DIL .. good word for D .. and I endorse your points you're bonded by your son's choice - that's important and love just is - Daughter of Our God .. sounds right to me .. Cheers Hilary

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  4. I'm not a big fan of the word 'daughter-in-law' either. Bleck is what I say!
    I stopped by as part of the A-Z Challenge!
    gigglelaughcry.blogspot.com

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  5. The term didn't fit me and my mother-in-law, for sure. We were more like mother and daughter than she and her daughter were.
    Karen

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  6. There are alot of words that don't make sence you found a good one. Whats up with all the in-laws, think about it...In-laws and then there are out-laws..hmmmm...

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  7. Thank you! I have often wondered that. Half the people here in Mexico call me Hija and we're not even related!

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  8. he he ... in my native language, Serbian, we have a separate word for daughter-in-law, son-in-law, even mother and father-in-law. We actually have dozens of different words for different relatives. It's probably one of the few fields in which we have more words than English does.

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  9. It's good to see mothers who are on good terms and even love their DIL.Nice post.

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  10. You are absoultely right...Daughter in Law shoulds horrible. It falls off the tongue like an insult. I hadn't given it any thought. My son is getting married in June and I will now need to think of something more apporiate for his lovely bride. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. :)

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  11. You are a sweet Mother of our God, W2W.

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  12. Hello W2W.

    This post reminds me that I was a daughter-in-law of my mother-in- law who passed away 2 years ago. She was a sweet and broad-minded woman I liked very much. I have no idea what she thought of me,though. As I don't have a son, fortunately or unfortunately I'll never have a daughter-in-law in the future. Thank you, W2W, for this D post. Her sweet memory is all coming back now.

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  13. In Hindi 9one of the languages I speak, DIL means heart. Hindi has different words for all the relations: DIL is Bahu, MIL is Saas, FIL is Sasur, SIL is Nanad, BIL is devar if older, bhasur if younger....I'm sure you want me to stop now lol

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  14. I had a wonderful relationship with my "MIL" so much so that it even survived the divorce from her son. We laughed that I got "custody" of her and I'm so glad I did. She passed 2 years ago and I still miss her.

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  15. I had a fabulous relationship with my MIL and m;y husband did with my mum. From talking with friends it seems we were in the minority. I hope when the time comes I have equally good relationships with their partners. I think you're on to something with the tern Daughter of our God and I'd like to add Son of our God too. Sue@JumpingAground (Alliteration & drabbles)
    Sue@traverselife(Workplace bullying)

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