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September 19, 2012

Last Sunday, at approximately 4:52 pm I discovered the 50th nail in my tire this year. *

At 4:53 pm I called around to find out who could fix my tire. I received responses like, “It’s 5 minutes to 5pm on a Sunday. Can’t help you.” And then (insert smart ass laugh), “No I don’t know who else can help you because everyone else is closing too. It’s Sunday evening you know.”

No, I didn’t know. But I appreciate the insight Captain Obvious.

At a birthday party this past weekend. Where my tire was not flat.

Anyway, I did what I always do when I need help: I headed over to Ali’s parents’ house.

Me: “I have a nail in my tire and nobody can fix it until the morning.”

Ali’s Dad: “You can take our extra car. It’s no problem.”

Me: “But the extra car only seats two. How do we take Maya home?”

Ali’s Dad: “Well you can take my car then. It’s no problem.”

Here’s how the rest of the evening progressed:

  • The extra car had no gas…My MIL offered to go fill it up (I declined. I swear I did).
  • I randomly complained my hair was like straw….My MIL handed me a giant bottle of deep conditioner.
  • I suddenly felt famished….My in-laws took us out to dinner.
  • At dinner Maya started feeling feverish. I openly fretted about finding babysitting on a Monday morning….My MIL said she’d babysit until Maya felt better.

A few days later Ali picked up our child and my car. Both of which were in perfect working condition, thanks to my in-laws.

My friend Nadia does not take a bad picture. Ever.

So besides the obvious fact that I complain too much and need to start acting my age, do you know what blows me away? The fact that neither of my in-laws ever acknowledge any of the countless and extraordinarily generous things they do for me.

I think we can all agree that I am unbelievably lucky. And that I have a lot to learn about being a good person.

*Details may have been embellished due to the author’s dramatic tendencies.
98 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2012 6:10 am

    your in-laws are a godsend. what good people.

  2. September 19, 2012 6:17 am

    Your In-Laws Are FaAAbULOUS. Hope you’ve told them this!

    Um, is there a reason you’ve had 50 nails inside your tires? WTH? Xx

    • September 19, 2012 8:07 pm

      I have told them but not enough. 🙂 And yes…I get nails in my tires because I live in Los Angeles. Not sure how else to explain it…

  3. September 19, 2012 6:34 am

    Your in-laws (especially your MIL) are awesome! Mine is too, is just she lives in another state. Hope Maya is feeling so much better now. Next time if you have a flat tire (hopefully not), maybe Ali can change your tire for you? 🙂
    And you don’t take bad picture either. You always look fabs!

    • September 19, 2012 8:08 pm

      So glad you have a great MIL too! Sorry she’s so far away though…

      And thanks for the compliment. I never put my bad pictures on here. Of course! 🙂

  4. hcoving permalink
    September 19, 2012 6:48 am

    Your in-laws sound wonderful! My in-laws drive me batty and I often seriously wonder if my husband was adopted. My own parents are very much like your in-laws and really make me feel a bit spoiled. (my husband would say that is because I AM spoiled).

    • September 19, 2012 8:08 pm

      Sorry you weren’t as fortunate in in-law department. You husband must be a great guy!!

  5. September 19, 2012 7:01 am

    You are one lucky girl to have such fabulous in-laws. My in-laws are with us right now and… well lets just leave it at that 🙂

    • September 19, 2012 8:09 pm

      So sorry you don’t have fabulous in-laws…I assume they are just visiting right now?

  6. September 19, 2012 7:19 am

    Ummm…the odd thing is that she gave you a bottle of conditioner.
    Also, my tires are magnetic. Anything metal goes straight to my tires soul and deflates it.

    • September 19, 2012 8:10 pm

      The conditioner is spectacular though! It’s not odd at all…she knows what I need before I need it. Can’t beat that.

  7. September 19, 2012 7:41 am

    Three cheers for helpful in-laws. Helping you is really the least they can do, considering all the shenanigans from Ali that you have to put up with!

    • September 19, 2012 8:10 pm

      They more than make up for Ali’s socks being everywhere…

  8. September 19, 2012 7:45 am

    Feel free to embellish all stories because they have me laughing.

    My car is a magnet for getting hit in parking lots. It’s happened twice in two years with my new car. And no note. Gee thanks.

    • September 19, 2012 8:10 pm

      Ali was the victim of a hit and run today…he feels your pain!

  9. September 19, 2012 8:32 am

    That’s so sweet! What great in laws. They literally saved the day-in more ways then one. Even as adults it’s so nice to be taken care of. I’m sure it makes them feel good and it’s nice to know that you can count on them. 50 Nails in your tire this year? What is up with that?

    • September 19, 2012 8:11 pm

      At 36 I still feel like a kid…will that ever change? Not sure.

  10. September 19, 2012 8:59 am

    Hope my in laws end up as great as yours! I always seem to get flat tires on the freeways! Last time I got one california highway patrol pulled over and changed my tire into the spare for me! I didn’t know about this service but apparently you just dial *555 or something.

    • September 19, 2012 8:11 pm

      No kidding? Knock on wood but I haven’t had a flat on the freeway. Yet. I’ll keep 555 in mind!

  11. September 19, 2012 9:15 am

    Your in-laws do sound pretty amazing. But to be fair, so do you, and I’m sure that’s part of why they’re always willing to help you out. Well, that and because you have them a freaking adorable grandchild. I’m sure that helps too. 🙂

    • September 19, 2012 8:12 pm

      You are too kind Leah. I’m not nearly as amazing as them (truth) but I did give them Maya. And she is pretty amazing. 🙂 Good point!

  12. September 19, 2012 9:40 am

    LOVE the chandelier in the last picture. It looks like a fantastic mix of West Elm and Restoration Hardware. Oh, and LOVE your shirt. I really really hope you organize a clothing swap with friends when I visit LA 😉 (oh, and maybe we can go to your hair stylist because your hair looks great and mine looks a bit rat-nesty lately)!

    • September 19, 2012 8:13 pm

      Are you coming to LA? Please say you are!

      And your hair has never, ever looked rat-nesty. Ever!

      • September 20, 2012 10:03 am

        These days, I can only handle trips to the grocery store and my first love, Target. But if I do make it to LA (soon!), I hope we’ll get some good hang-out time in!

  13. September 19, 2012 9:43 am

    Ameena you are one lucky DIL and your MIL is very sweet 🙂 hope Maya is feeling better!

    • September 19, 2012 8:13 pm

      I am super lucky!! And yes, Maya is feeling better. 🙂

  14. Jeena permalink
    September 19, 2012 10:48 am

    Well, you’re already a very good person (who also never takes a bad picture–ever). But you’ve clearly won the in-law lottery. How awesome. It’s so obvious they adore you–and rightfully so!

    • September 19, 2012 8:14 pm

      And you are as kind and amazing as my in-laws. So glad you popped back into my life after so many years!

  15. September 19, 2012 10:58 am

    Love it. I use Captain Obvious all the time.

    • September 19, 2012 8:14 pm

      My brother coined that one! I wish I could take credit.

  16. September 19, 2012 11:27 am

    You are blessed with great in laws – good for you.

  17. The Mom Chef permalink
    September 19, 2012 11:48 am

    You are very fortunate to have in-laws like that. Mine would do those things, but they’d be like little tickets, held on to to be pulled out when I don’t meet expectations or they need something done and I have even the briefest hesitation.

    • September 19, 2012 8:15 pm

      I’m so sorry you haven’t had the same amazing experience as me. 😦 I hope that at the very least they don’t live too close to you?

  18. Piya permalink
    September 19, 2012 12:32 pm

    lucky lucky you!!! my in laws live in india and sometimes i wish we all lived in the same city so i can have a babysitter on hand 😛

    • September 19, 2012 8:16 pm

      My in-laws are the best babysitters…Maya loves them!

  19. September 19, 2012 12:42 pm

    Yeah, I’d say you got pretty lucky with those in-laws. Nothing quite like free babysitting and a meal! 🙂

    • September 19, 2012 8:16 pm

      Babysitting, a meal, AND conditioner. I am super lucky.

  20. September 19, 2012 12:44 pm

    Your in-laws sound like a dream. Aren’t they also the ones who bought your daughter 4 pairs of Tory Burch flats?

    My in-laws are so gracious too. I learn so much from watching them and realize to find true peace like they do I must have a genuinely honest and good heart. Still working on it.

    • September 19, 2012 8:17 pm

      Good memory…My MIL bought Maya a ton of Tory Burch shoes! I hear Tory isn’t making kids sizes anymore…

      So glad that you have great in-laws as well. It really makes a difference.

  21. September 19, 2012 2:24 pm

    wow they sound amazing! i wish my in laws lived closer, they are super people! but it’s a 4 hour drive to them!

    • September 19, 2012 8:18 pm

      I’m so glad that you too have a great in-laws! They would definitely be worth a 4 hour drive.

  22. Jessie E. permalink
    September 19, 2012 3:25 pm

    Your in-laws are lovely! It really makes all the difference in the world to have them to help you when you need it, doesn’t it? My in-laws are wonderful and I’m missing them all the more because we don’t live near them any more.

    Love those pics! Is that a Star Wars mask Maya is wearing?

    • September 19, 2012 8:19 pm

      Good observation! We were at a Star Wars themed party and Maya would not take the mask off..she loved it.

  23. September 19, 2012 3:45 pm

    In laws like yours are a blessing! Luckily, I can say the same. My FIL always says I’m his daughter and that there’s no need for the “in-law” part. Love it!

    • September 19, 2012 8:19 pm

      Your FIL sounds amazing…such a sweet thing to say!

  24. September 19, 2012 3:53 pm

    Oh I love your in-laws 😀 I think it’s more than enough that you acknowledge their generosity and are thankful for that. Nobody is perfect, but as long as you’re humble, right? 🙂

    • September 19, 2012 8:19 pm

      I’m humble, that’s true. But I really wish I was closer to perfect instead. LOL

  25. September 19, 2012 4:25 pm

    Your in-laws are awesome! Last time I had a flat tire I had to call AAA but luckily I made it home so I could wait in comfort. With wine.

    • September 19, 2012 8:20 pm

      Now that’s the way to wait for roadside assistance. At home. With a drink! Too funny.

  26. September 19, 2012 5:49 pm

    I discovered a nail in my tire on Thanksgiving Day as I was traveling through a rural part of Georgia. No fun.

    • September 19, 2012 8:20 pm

      Does AAA travel to the rural part of Georgia? I hope so!

  27. September 19, 2012 8:39 pm

    Wow !! they’re amazing ! If they EVER decide to adopt a DIL, it is now on record that I’m wait listed Numero Uno. (Hmm …AND your mom makes amazing sevaiyan …. this adoption thingy sounds very attractive to me right now, LOL!)

    About those mechanics – well, in your case, god closed a bunch of doors and opened the one that leads to absolute bliss. Which somehow includes Nadia for the wonderful pic. she clicks 🙂

    PS – Loved that disclaimer.

    • September 21, 2012 9:51 pm

      Many many of my friends are on the waiting list to be adopted by my in-laws. 🙂

  28. September 19, 2012 11:02 pm

    Fantastic in-laws, adorable daughter and a caring hubby ( we will forget the socks and the orange sweater for now) ..You are one lucky girl, Ameena!!! Touchwood…

    • September 21, 2012 9:52 pm

      Ali’s orange sweater hasn’t made an appearance for a while…but it is summer after all. 🙂

  29. September 19, 2012 11:14 pm

    how cool. I need to add “awesome in-laws” to my list(the one us single girls keep in our heads of non-negotiables for our future relationships).

    • September 21, 2012 9:53 pm

      Having great in-laws is definitely non-negotiable!! I hope that you are as lucky as me Ellen.

  30. September 20, 2012 2:59 am

    In-laws can be pretty amazing can’t they? Mine are very supportive too (though my wife’s mother-in-law is a bit of a handful 😉 ). I suspect though, underneath this attempt to sound pretty moaning, that you too Ameena, are pretty wonderful as well. 🙂

    • September 21, 2012 9:53 pm

      I wish I was pretty wonderful but the truth is that I’m just really not. But I’m working on it! And my in-laws are great role models…

  31. September 20, 2012 3:07 am

    It’s so great when you have others around who are willing to help and support you when you need it. Sounds like you have a good relationship with Ali’s parents. That’s such a great thing!

    • September 21, 2012 9:54 pm

      It really is a great thing! I’m so lucky to have such great support…it makes life 100 X easier.

  32. squigglefloey permalink
    September 20, 2012 3:09 am

    Hahaa. I’d love to babysit Maya! Yes, I live near Los Angeles 🙂

    • September 21, 2012 9:54 pm

      Don’t offer unless you mean it. I’ve been known to take people up on such offers. 🙂

      • squigglefloey permalink
        September 21, 2012 10:48 pm

        Ummm…no, I seriously mean it! I am looking for a part-time job (or any job for that matter). No joke ! !

  33. September 20, 2012 3:22 am

    Lucky indeed :). Your in-laws don’t make so fearful to have some. It seems there is always complaining of in-laws at least from the lady’s side 😉
    Cute pictures as always!

    Happy Thursday!

    • September 21, 2012 9:55 pm

      I am the exception…but I know way too many people who aren’t as lucky.

  34. September 20, 2012 4:09 am

    I love the added embellishment to your stories….gives it a dramatic flair ;)! Your in-laws sound wonderful…and restore my belief that those 2 words can actual exist in the same sentence 🙂

    • September 21, 2012 9:56 pm

      Yes…it’s rare for those two words to be in the same sentence but it’s not impossible! Hope that you are as lucky.

  35. September 20, 2012 5:39 am

    Although, I should, right now, be focusing on your post and carving my comment in collaboration to it, but, but, but, I can’t help noticing the bright spark on the second photo, on the right, when looking at the picture. Did you say her name was Nadia? it would help if you wrote ‘Ms, Miss, Mrs (lets hope not) Nadia Surname then followed by status.

    • September 21, 2012 9:56 pm

      Mrs. Nadia is not just married but married with 3 children! But I’m sure your very kind comment just made her day. I’ll be sure to point it out to her. 🙂

  36. September 20, 2012 10:25 am

    I hope I end up with in-laws like that when I get married!

  37. September 20, 2012 11:26 am

    Your in-laws are gems. But I know that you’re a gem too. You just hide it for comic effect. 😉

    • September 21, 2012 9:57 pm

      I’m not really a gem, I wish I was being humble…but I’m working on it! I swear I am.

  38. September 20, 2012 5:37 pm

    U are really a lucky girl!!!
    And I’m sure they are equally lucky to have u as their daughter in law … 🙂

    • September 21, 2012 9:58 pm

      How sweet are you? I’m thinking they could probably get a less outspoken and more doting DIL but so far they haven’t complained. 🙂

  39. September 20, 2012 5:40 pm

    No matter how old I get I will still let my parents take care of me…. as long as I am grateful I see no problem with it! Sounds like a lovely weekend!

    • September 21, 2012 9:58 pm

      I’m not sure I’ll ever start acting my age…

  40. September 21, 2012 4:23 am

    Wow I just have to say that your in-laws sound amazing! 🙂

  41. September 23, 2012 5:14 am

    lovely set of in laws you have. Serious case of J

  42. September 23, 2012 1:22 pm

    Lucky girl! I am a bit too old or i would have put myself on that adoption list 🙂

  43. September 24, 2012 6:00 am

    OK so that would never happen with my inlaws but don’t worry you didn’t make me feel neglected or bad. Do many people have “extra” cars in LA?

    • September 24, 2012 8:51 pm

      Thanks to all the potholes and assorted nails it does make sense to have an extra car on hand. We have no proper public transportation you know…unlike you lucky NYC dwellers.

  44. September 24, 2012 9:25 am

    In-laws to the rescue! But seriously, what is up with those tires? Is that a normal thing for LA? Either that, or SUV dad is getting a little absurd.
    Also, you are a very good person. Everyone knows it! If nothing else, my friend who adores you always gets jealous when you comment on my wall, so know that you at least make me feel a bit more awesome. 😛

    • September 24, 2012 8:52 pm

      It is a normal thing in LA…unfortunately.

      And your comment just made me feel like a star. Seriously…people get jealous of my FB comments? Who would have thought that would be possible? 🙂

  45. September 24, 2012 6:00 pm

    That’s awesome Ameena. You really have GOOD inlaws, I’m tellin’ you girl, not everyone, actually most people do not have that. You’re very very lucky in that department. 🙂 Maya is so cute. So funny, I was feverish too a couple days ago, I’m taking some Airborne crap my nurse friend told me to take, and I kinda kept the cold away. 🙂

    • September 24, 2012 8:53 pm

      Ali swears by his “pink drink” concoction…Emergen-C. He pops it like it’s water!

  46. September 24, 2012 6:17 pm

    I’m willing to bet that they’ll be getting one killer Christmas present this year. They sound like truly amazing in-laws. All I get from my in-laws is emails preaching about how I need to go to church more. lol

    • September 24, 2012 8:57 pm

      I’m so sorry about your in-laws preaching…that can’t be fun to listen to!

  47. September 24, 2012 6:59 pm

    My friend was just visiting and she has the same bad luck, always getting nails in her tires…weird? Sorry about that-so annoying and tires are expensive, too much so if you ask me, I mean it’s just a tire, but what do I know.

    Hey, I loved your last post too. I tried commenting about five times but what do ya know, every time some kid needed something from me? 🙂 I think any kid that makes a poem up and rhymes is brilliant, and I know you’re going to save that poem forever..right? 🙂 Take great care and have a great week,


    • September 24, 2012 8:58 pm

      I totally agree…tires are one of those things that just seem outrageously expensive. It’s rubber? It makes no sense to me.


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