Friday, 21 May 2010

Recipe for… Getting Rid of your Mother-In-Law

Lyn is a beautiful young lady from China who got married and didn’t have her own home yet, so she lived with her husband in her mother-in-law’s house.

After some time, she noticed that she wasn’t adapting to her mother-in-law.

Their personalities were very different and Lyn got more and more annoyed with her mother-in-law’s habits and customs, who insistently criticized her.

As months passed, things got worse – to the point of making life unbearable.

However, according to ancient Chinese tradition, the daughter-in-law must always be at the mother-in-law’s service and obey her in everything.

But Lyn, unable to bear the idea of living with her mother-in-law any longer, made a decision to go and consult a Master, an old friend of her father.

After listening to the young lady, Master Huang grabbed a bunch of medicinal herbs and said:

“To get rid of your mother-in-law, you must not use them all at once, for that may cause suspicion.

You are going to mix them with her food, little by little, day after day, and she will be poisoned slowly. But, to be sure that when she dies nobody suspects you, you must be very careful to treat her with great kindness. Don’t argue and help her solve her problems.”

Lyn answered: “Thank you Master Huang. I will do everything you recommend.”

Lyn was very happy and returned filled with enthusiasm at the prospect of murdering her mother-in-law.

Over the following weeks, every other day, Lyn would serve her mother-in-law a meal prepared especially for her.

She always remembered Master Huang’s recommendation on how to avoid suspicion: she controlled her temper, obeyed her mother-in-law in everything and treated her as if she were her own mother.

After six months, the entire family had changed.

Lyn controlled her temper very well and hardly ever got annoyed.

During these months, she didn’t have any arguments with her mother-in-law, who was also much nicer and easier to deal with.

The mother-in-law’s attitude also changed and both of them began treating each other like mother and daughter.

One given day, Lyn went looking for Master Huang to ask for his help and said:

“Master, please help me to stop the poison from killing my mother-in-law. It’s just that she has transformed into a kind woman and I love her as if she were my mother. I don’t want her to die because of the poison I have given her.”

Master Huang smiled and shook his head:

“Lyn, don’t worry. You mother-in-law didn’t change. You were the one that changed. The herbs I gave you are vitamins to improve her health.

The poison was found in your actions, but it was substituted by the love and kindness that you began to give her.”

Now, my dear friends, prepare the herbs and begin the treatment with your own mother-in-law!!


  1. This is a wonderful story. We are our biggest problems, if we don't humble ourselves and decide to change we will never notice that the answer to our happiness lies with us.

  2. This is a fantastic message, I am glad I am learning this now for I shall be a blessing to my future mother-in-law. Muito obrigada donna fernanda.

  3. What a funny story, but very true.


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