I have no idea if I'm ever going to have a mother-in-law. I'm turning forty this year, and I've been single for over 12 years now. I'm not willing to say the marriage train has completely left the station at this point, but it definitely wants to get the hell out of town. For whatever reason, I've always pictured myself getting along with a future mother-in-law, but not in best friends, or even a motherly sort of way. I've always been more inclined to the idea that any future mother-in-law, would be a little more feisty. She would be a little out there, have a wicked tongue on her, be able to throw down with the best of them, but still be able to support and love when it's needed. Sort of like Darrin Stephen's mother-in-law, Endora, in one of the best television comedies of all time, Bewitched. Hopefully, my version of Endora would actually like me a little bit better.
I always wondered if Darrin knew who his mother-in-law was going to be, if he still would have proposed to Samantha. The hopeless romantic in me, would assume that he'd have no problems popping the question, but the pragmatic side of me, knows he would have had his doubts. Endora is the ultimate overbearing and disdainful mother-in-law. She decries her daughter marrying the man, doesn't think much of him, but can give him a begrudged compliment every once in a while. She has an acid tongue on her, and refuses to call him by his real name, Durwood being one of her favorites. It can't have been easy for Darrin, and often times, he would lose his temper, though that never got him very far. Throw in the whole immortal witch thing, and it's amazing that he never had to commit himself.
Despite all that, I think Endora had a heart of gold when it came to her family. She would have done anything for her daughter, and once Tabitha was born, she was snared all over again. She could even be counted on to help Darrin out, even if it was with more vinegar than honey. I'm not even sure I really bought the whole, I don't like him shtick to begin with. I think it was in her nature to be contradictory, and after a while, the disdainful attitude, could be mistaken for fondness, albeit an odd form of affection. She was a woman all her own, and even if her portrayer, Agnes Moorehead, never really warmed to her, I absolutely adored her.
I'm still holding onto the idea of having a mother-in-law someday, I'm just hoping that she is able to get my name right.