MIL stands for Mother in law
ah, Nurse Diesel, how similar you were to that icon of a nurse dressed in ironed clothes , Germanic mannerism, Calvinistic spartan training and a constant lingering presence of someone who will report you to the head of the mental institution , in my case,( and not only in my case) the most mentally disturbed of all- the glorified disturbed vicious heir.
I only had one but she reminded me so much of that fascist prison guard like nurse in “High anxiety” so sometimes when i recall the holidays’ high anxiety i remember my first and only MIL, she was a classic icon of a repressive superior being whose clothes were always ironed , and who was never ever caught off guard being human..not even once.
It is easy to laugh NOW, but spend a Christmas with” nurse Diesel “and you will be lucky if you ever get a fruit cup..or be able to escape with any sanity intact.
Having been raised by a chaotic creative lunatic who would forget to place limits, leave me with records of children stories , and mostly alone without too many words of criticsm , unwashed and unbrushed, i grew up as a wild flower free to grow in every direction as long as i kept away and far from clashing too often with society, and so it was a rather startling shock to have learned that there exists mothers like my mother in law , the extreme opposite, who tend to do quite the opposite of my own mother ; brush their children’s hair till they scream, comply by strict social rules and discipline if only for the pleasure of being able to order people about , constantly survey and supervise every movement of every person in order to punish and place those not in their right place in their place , and thus regail in militant montrosity meant to be maternal .