A Lady with a Huge Supplement
Marrying foreigners and moving abroad Russian women often insist on taking their child with them even if the child is not so small. This situation is normal and I think one should have no heart to forbid that. However, some women go further and try to take abroad their mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts and even grandparents. I’ve heard of a woman who was trying to persuade her new husband to take her ex-husband with them since her child was supposed to miss him a lot. Should your love to this woman be a reason to satisfy such a request?
When the request concerns her distant relatives, be sure, she just wants to make profit of you and I doubt that she feels anything about you. However, if it is her mother she wants to take with her, the issue is rather delicate.
The problem of relations between husband and mother-in-law is a wide-spread one for Russia. Russians have a lot of jokes on this matter. But what is the ground for the notorious conflict? Is it for the stubbornness of the husband or for the cunning of his mother-in-law? It is neither the former nor the latter! In fact, Russians nowadays do not practice close relationships between several generations forming a dynasty. A married woman who keeps in touch with her mother is supposed to be rather infantile. She would not make a good wife. She is not grown enough to be a wife and prefers to play the role of a helpless little daughter. Such a woman is unable to take decisions on her own and since that is strongly influenced by her husband and mother. An occasion when there is even a slight difference in their opinions will inevitably cause a serious conflict. You should never agree to let her mother meddle in your family life unless it will soon turn into a battlefield. If your bride keeps insisting on taking her mother abroad you’d better find another woman. Anyway, you would not be happy with a wife like that.
There is also one additional negative aspect in the presence of relatives accompanying your wife in the foreign country. It may seem that support of a friendly relative person at the first stage of socialization should help a lot, but in fact it is not so helpful. Unusual conditions in a foreign society make relatives form a secluded self-sufficient system which essentially reduces their need to accommodate to the outer world. The process of accommodation will never end and you will have to drag them on for the rest of your life.
What should one do if his wife-to-be addresses him with such a requirement? I think all explanations and diplomatic arguments must be put aside here. You ought to say no. Stubbornness that concerns little things is not the best trait of a character, but the ability to insist upon your decision concerning some crucial matters is absolutely indispensable. If you capitulate in the very beginning of your relationships you will have to do it all the time.
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