Carolyn Bourne is the ultimate Mother-in-law-zilla

If you haven’t seen this yet online, it will make you cringe.  I can’t say that I know many girls who say they “LOVE” their mother in law – there are a few, but then again, I’m sure most don’t have one like Carolyn Bourne.  Just thinking about her, makes me want to….

It seems that Mrs. Carolyn Bourne sent not one, but three emails to her future daughter-in-law criticising her ‘staggering uncouthness and lack of grace’.  What gets me is that it seems she married into this family and feels that Heidi Withers who is to marry her step-son, isn’t the right ‘kind of girl’. WOW-ZA!!  So what does any already stressed out bride-to-be do…Heidi sent them to her friends for advice and the next thing you know…it’s made it the most talked about email seen round the world this week.

So if you think your MIL is a piece of work….read on….

It is high time someone explained to you about good manners. Yours are obvious by their absence and I feel sorry for you.Unfortunately for Freddie, he has fallen in love with you and Freddie being Freddie, I gather it is not easy to reason with him or yet encourage him to consider how he might be able to help you. It may just be possible to get through to you though. I do hope so.

If you want to be accepted by the wider Bourne family I suggest you take some guidance from experts with utmost haste. There are plenty of finishing schools around.

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Please, for your own good, for Freddie’s sake and for your future involvement with the Bourne family, do something as soon as possible.

Here are a few examples of your lack of manners:

When you are a guest in another’s house, you do not declare what you will and will not eat – unless you are positively allergic to something. You do not remark that you do not have enough food. You do not start before everyone else.

You do not take additional helpings without being invited to by your host.

When a guest in another’s house, you do not lie in bed until late morning in households that rise early – you fall in line with house norms.

You should never ever insult the family you are about to join at any time and most definitely not in public. I gather you passed this off as a joke but the reaction in the pub was one of shock, not laughter.

You should have hand-written a card to me. You have never written to thank me when you have stayed.

You regularly draw attention to yourself. Perhaps you should ask yourself why.

No one gets married in a castle unless they own it. It is brash, celebrity style behaviour.

I understand your parents are unable to contribute very much towards the cost of your wedding. (There is nothing wrong with that except that convention is such that one might presume they would have saved over the years for their daughters’ marriages.)

If this is the case, it would be most ladylike and gracious to lower your sights and have a modest wedding as befits both your incomes.


I mean REALLY…no R-E-A-L-L-Y???  I can’t imagine what I would have done (well…I really can, but I’m too much of a lady to print it ;-)) but wonder what Freddie has to say??  Frankly, I think it pretty wimpy of him not to say anything, especially since he is to be the ‘protector of his future wife’.

If you are one of the very few, and very lucky girls that have a great mother in law….send her flowers this week and thank her.



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  1. Pingback: In-Law dispute: Alan Withers comes to the rescue of daughter Heidi « Yours In Bridal blog

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