SoCS — Monster-in-Law

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has asked us to “take the title of the last movie you watched (just the title, not the premise of the movie), and base your post on that title.”

It so happens that the other night my wife was so sick and tired of all the political bullshit that is swirling all around us that she insisted we turn off the news and watch a lightweight romantic comedy. I handed her the remote control and said go for it. She searched the on-demand movies and found “Monster-in-Law,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. So I guess I have to write a post based upon the title of that movie. Yikes.


Frank’s young bride, Elsa, was feeling very anxious about finally meeting her new husband’s mother. She never really understood why Frank had refused to invite his own mother to the wedding. She assumed it was because his mother wouldn’t approve of their marriage. But Frank denied that, and kept coming up with different excuses for not introducing Elsa to his mother.

Elsa finally insisted that she meet Frank’s mother. “She’s my mother-in-law, Frank,” Elsa said to him, “and when we have children, she’ll be their grandmother.”

Frank finally acquiesced to his wife’s demands and made arrangements for them to fly to Germany, where his family was from, to visit his mother. When the day came for them to leave, both Frank and Elsa were nervous, but for different reasons.

Their plane arrived in Zurich and they then took a three and a half hour train ride from there to the middle of Germany’s Black Forest region. Frank had arranged for a car to drive them from the train station to the home where Frank’s mother lived.

When they arrived at his mother’s home an hour later, Frank’s mother opened the door to greet them, but the sight of the woman caused Elsa to let out an involuntary gasp.47600272-1448-4D70-82CB-2D4F282EE517 “Mother, this is my wife, Elsa,” Frank said. Then turning toward Elsa, he said, “Elsa, this is my mother.”

Frank’s mother, apparently used to such reactions when people met her for the first time, smiled, reached out and hugged Elsa. Then she stepped back and said to Elsa, “It’s such a pleasure, my dear, to finally meet the bride of Frank N. Stein.”

FOWC with Fandango — Rarely

FOWCWelcome to January 18, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “rarely.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.