My Son Remains Silent as My Daughter-In-Law Says I Can’t Cook a Good Thanksgiving Meal

Family & kids
7 months ago

“As Thanksgiving approached, I, a widow, couldn’t help but feel the familiar excitement that comes with preparing a hearty feast for the family. This year was supposed to be no different, until the unexpected comment from my daughter-in-law left a bitter taste lingering in the kitchen air,” Emma shared with Bright Side.

It seems that my daughter-in-law, Emily, does not like my meals.

As a widow, I often slept hungry, prioritizing my son’s meals. Thanksgiving represents our strength. One day after my son’s marriage, as I busily chopped vegetables and seasoned the turkey, my daughter-in-law, Emily, casually strolled into the kitchen, glancing at my culinary efforts with a critical eye.

I could sense something was amiss, but I continued to focus on my tasks. It was then that she dropped the bombshell, “You know, maybe this year, we should order in. Your cooking is not everyone’s favorite, and I don’t want Thanksgiving ruined.”

My heart sank, and for a moment, the rhythmic sound of chopping halted. I looked over at my son, hoping for a word of defense, but he remained silent, avoiding eye contact. Hurt and bewildered, I took a deep breath and composed myself, determined not to let Emily’s words ruin the holiday spirit.

Thanksgiving Day arrived, and despite Emily’s reservations, the house filled with the comforting aroma of a home-cooked meal. The dining table sparkled with festive decorations, and each dish bore the love and care I had put into it. As the family gathered, Emily’s skepticism seemed to dissipate with each delicious bite.

Midway through the meal, my son finally spoke up.

“Mom, this is amazing. I don’t know why Emily doubted your cooking. It’s like a Thanksgiving miracle!” I smiled, grateful for his words, and Emily, too, admitted she had misjudged. As the day unfolded, we laughed, shared stories, and basked in the warmth of family.

The initial tension was replaced by a sense of unity, proving that sometimes the best recipes are not just measured in ingredients, but in the love that goes into them.

As we enjoyed dessert, my daughter-in-law leaned over and whispered, “I never knew you were such an incredible cook. I’m sorry for underestimating you, and I’m thankful for this wonderful Thanksgiving.” In that moment, I realized that misunderstandings could be melted away with a good meal and a generous serving of forgiveness.

Thanksgiving had not only filled our bellies, but also our hearts, reaffirming the bonds that held our family together.

Step into Emma’s shoes and tell us, what would you do? Drop your thoughts in the comments below! While you’re at it, take a peek at our latest article, featuring 12 Thanksgiving riddles perfect for some dinner table fun.

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Yea, my new DIL wouldn't have been eating at my dinner table after that snide comment. But, then again, this is probably not even a true story. And just some AI generated story to pull at our emotions.

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This story actually doesn't even make sense. The DIL insulted the mom's cooking before she had ever tasted her cooking? And the son also seemes surprised that his mom could cook? Had he never tasted his own mom's cooking? He grew up with her, but he didn't know she could cook? Mom has cook Thanksgiving dinner in previous years, but no knows she can cook? This story should be filed under Things That Never Happened vol. 1.

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6 months ago
Big Brother is watching you.

How exactly did the dil say that not everyone was a fan of her cooking if never had her cooking ? And the son had his mom's cooking his whole life so why would he say she pulled it off ..he didn't like his mother's thanksgiving whole life ? It makes no sense ...and no forgiveness here if that was my daughter in law who insulted me in my home I would had told her to leave period ..just because family and sons wife doesn't mean you give a pass for disrespecting you in your own home period so I would not had handled it that way at all

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I'm sorry but can a grown woman really not go to a once a year dinner and just shut it and pretend like the food is great?? I've been to countless dinners where I may not have liked the food but as a grown adult who was raised with manners, I can smile and get through any meal. What is the purpose of offending people over one meal? Very childish behavior.

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You were wrong for tolerating that from your daughter-in-law or your son. She was trying to humiliate you and embarrass you and your son stood by and let her

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If she is that triffling, I don't care how she would have tried to rectify her idiotic comments, I would never trust her. There would have been no making up. She's a grown woman and should have kept her mouth shut and acted like a decent person. And if your son didn't say something when she made that comment, he's got real problems in his future, being with her. Learn to separate yourself from them as much as possible, so she won't tear you down your self-esteem like she's gonna do his.

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The amount of people that can't recognize this as an AI written story is astounding 😂

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6 months ago
OMG Karen, why have you deleted this comment?

Oh gosh no ,Dear that would have not in any sense been a great Turkey Day for her.
When the chopping stopped that would've been code for seek safety. Who insults someone mother like that and thinks its copacetic and life just goes on like normal?

All I'm gonna say is I'm glad it all worked out ,but in certain kitchens….🥴

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She was totally out of order. Even though that’s how she felt, out of respect for mil, she should have kept it to herself. That was just plain rude. The son should have told her, I won’t let my Mom disrespect you, and I wont let you disrespect her.

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Ms.Emma, I must say you can bite your tongue with class... I would have told little miss you don't have to stay and eat., you can go to your house and cook for yourself... happy Thanksgiving...Now shut that pie hole and eat what I cooked and if you didn't like it or want it, you know where the door is don't let it hit you where the good ... Stay wonderful.

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Miz. Filkins, are you a mind reader, because you wrote my thoughts word for word! Excuse me, but how MFing dare her! I dont care if the food taste like wood. You don't go to anyone's house for a meal (especially your husband's widowed MOTHER) & criticize the meal BEFORE it's even cooked! The writer has way more grace that me & I applaud her. Maybe in the New Year, I can try to be as gracious as her. 😅Wow!

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When I started reading this my feelings were hurt for Emma, but as I read further it really made me feel the joy and relief and love that I hope they all felt. I ask my d.i.l. and grandkids to help with the cooking.. this way our family cooks together and new and old traditions are made and kept and passed down.. I love all holidays due to the shared cooking we do ,it's food church for sure.. 😁 I love my family more each time we do this.. btw.. we don't just do it on holidays..

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I like that Emma held her grounds daughter in law could have brought some food in as well either way Emma the winner.

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Emma's the hero. She made Emily to know that she's the mother and no matter what she (Emily) can never reach that of Emma's and her son laid everything to rest. BRAVO Emma 👏 She should even call you Ms Emma

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Emily is an ungrateful person and the son is a coward. When someone is nice enough to welcome you into their home you should be appreciative even if their cooking is bad. If you're worried about it maybe offer to help.

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Would have thrown her out of my kitchen and possibly my house and my son could go too if he's feeling the same and I would have went out and enjoyed a nice meal by myself

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Any one of my sons would have bitten her head off for saying that. And I'm not that type of mom to compete with a daughter-in-law, I think his wife should always come first. But what she said was rude and her son should have snapped her in place.

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