In 2003 the television show Makeover Mamas began
airing. Its premise? Mothers-in-law who redecorate a room
in their grown, married children's home. They get two days
and $1,500 to do it, with disagreements mediated by the show's
host. Is it a coincidence that the host is a single woman
in no hurry to get married? We think not.
It's funny, but some M.I.L.D.E.W.s just can't help themselves.
They simply must do some redecorating for you—or
just help you with your housekeeping. M.I.L.D.E.W.s know that
you wouldn't dream of asking them for help because, well,
you wouldn't want to impose, would you? The stories that follow
demonstrate just how far M.I.L.D.E.W. will go for a one-sided
episode of Trading Spaces.
When my husband and I went skiing one weekend, we had M.I.L.D.E.W.
come take care of our 2-year-old son. We came home to discover
that the furniture in our house had been completely rearranged.
We couldn't believe it! My father-in-law even had a bad back
from moving the couches, tables, and rugs. As soon as M.I.L.D.E.W.
left we moved the furniture back. —Heidi,
My husband and I went on vacation and left our keys with M.I.L.D.E.W.
so that she could water the plants and feed the cat. While
we were away she decided that our old refrigerator needed
some sprucing up. So when we arrived back home I found that
she had stuck contact paper on the outside of it to cover
up the scratches. Needless to say, we retrieved our keys and
kept them. —Alanna,
One night, just a few months after being married, my husband
and I came home from work only to discover M.I.L.D.E.W.—she
was in her girdle and on her knees scrubbing our kitchen floor.
—Naomi, New Jersey