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updated: May 28, 2011, 10:05 AM
We are going to visit our daughter and her husband in Philadelphia this summer. We are very excited to see our grandchildren. Our daughter is an attorney and spends a great deal of time at work. Her husband, by mutual agreement, has chosen to become a house-husband since he lost his job as a financial analyst. He stays home with the kids and takes care of the housework and cleaning.
Our son-in-law doesn't like us - I can tell. He never lets the kids play with the presents we bring them, and he asks how long we are staying the moment we walk in the door (even though he already knows).
He is also a very bad housekeeper and cook, but doesn't appreciate when we offer to help around the house or with the kids. We pretty much feel like we're in the way the whole time. I think we will be very uncomfortable staying there, but my daughter insists that we stay, and assures us that her husband loves us, and my husband is too cheap to pay for a hotel. I wouldn't even go if it weren't for the grandkids. What are the kidnapping laws in Pennsylvania?
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Dear Frustrated In-Laws,
Who do you think I am, Perry Mason?
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