During our gathering, my female friend shared her parent in law's visit story.
She is a working mother with 2 kids, hired a stay in house helper to run the house chorus. Described that PIL's (Parent in law) visit had turn the smile upside down. Family members including the house helper were affected emotionally.
The quiet home since then become the central attraction of her neighbourhood, the disagreement between her father & mother in laws had caused tongue fight whenever they met, the house was small and both of them get to bum into each other walking 10 steps ahead. They quarrel regardless of places and time, day time, night time, 2 am, 3 am or even 4 am in the morning, in the room, in the hall, in the garden or at the road side.
My female friend said this was Karma, when her neighbour had fight or quarrel, she would pretend to sweep the front or to water the plant with extended ear aerial eager to know the happening, now that she hope to have a tortoise shell where she can hide in it whenever her PIL's heated up with quarrel. Her family secret had become a public secret, the neighbour got to know in out of everything.
There were always chicken and duck talk communication between the PIL and the house helper, she need to bridge up the link, acted as interpreter to ease the tension. Her MIL (mother in law) was super suspicious on the house helper task, she was afraid that they got to drink lizard’s tongues soup, fry cockroaches eggs rice and clothes wash with sewage water. MIL appeared like David Copperfield from nowhere, watching house helper like a hawk.
There are few more pages if I were to detail it down.
As friends, we can only pray for her to improve patient, understanding and extraordinary strength and wisdom to overcome all impossible odds.