"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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Mother-in-law jokes are the most common, but sister-in-law jokes too never fail to raise a laugh.
Why is it that mother-in-laws are so often portrayed as demons from hell? “Two men were in a pub. One says to his mate, “My mother-in law is an angel.” His friend replies, “You’re lucky. Mine is still alive.”
Fathers-in-law are depicted as totally bereft at losing their daughters: “Question: Why would you rather deal with a vicious dog than your father -in-law? Answer: A vicious dog eventually lets go!!”
Sons-in-laws are usually shown as inadequate but lovable idiots: “A golfer hits a ball and it misses the green by inches. His partner says, ‘That’s called a son-in-law shot. It is not what you expected, but you will take it.’”
Question: What is the definition of mixed feelings? Answer: When your Maserati goes over a cliff with your mother-in-law in it.
But do these jokes hint at the truth in how people feel about their in-laws?