Jack Byrnes: I guess the only thing to do now is meet his parents. I'm sure they're decent people. I mean they gotta be if they named their son Gaylord Focker.
--Meet the Parents
It is a far different perspective that I had when I met Xing Fu's mother from the one when I met my ex-husband's parents. When I was far younger & meeting my ex-husband's parents, I really don't think I cared about the impression I gave them. In fact, I hazard to think that I may have been more interested in rebelling against any parental control than making a good impression. And a decidedly negative view ensued & continued over the many years we were together. It is unfortunate that I was so immature that I did not recognize the value of creating positive relationships with the people I inherited from my marriage. It was only after our divorce that my relationship changed significantly with my former in-laws. I think we got to a point where we appreciated what the other had to offer, especially with regard to my son. The point of this is that I am certainly at a far different place now when confronted with meeting Xing Fu's mother. We had a discussion about this, as we always do, & what it was like for him to meet his past relationship's parents, etc. We both understand now the value of creating a positive impression & as a result, our behavior has changed significantly. I pointed out that I felt I was way, way younger then & didn't understand the importance then, nor did I care-he agreed.
We both have met the other's parent/s & have been received favorably--quite a change I think. I was very nervous about meeting his mother--I felt that it was very important that she approve of me & my son--otherwise she would not be as supportive of our relationship--we need all the support we can get from the significant people in our lives as there are many out there who'd love to see us fail. For my folks' part--they are thrilled that Xing Fu is a sailor & that he is a responsible & caring person--and that he makes me happy & is so good to me. All pluses. My sister certainly approves--another test. My ex was the ultimate failure with my family & it became a point of contention between us. The Bull failed miserably with my close family, except for the extended parts, & my immediate family's collective thoughts were, "O god, here we go again, another jerk who doesn't get it! When will she learn?" I have learned--and as a result, everyone of significance on my side of this relationship approves. The next big test is looming in June when my entire family will be in for my son's Bar Mitzvah. A hugely scary prospect, indeed. But as we approach most everything in our relationship--together--it will be great!