this is something that was in the news box on yahoo.
New term: mom-zilla. We know all about temporary bridal insanity, and the underreported groom version, but in some families, it’s the parents who are seized da irrational wedding meltdowns.
Last month, 60-year-old British florist and total mom-zilla, Carolyn Bourne attacked. After her stepson’s bride-to-be, Heidi Withers, was a guest in her house she had a thing o two to teach her before she entered the Bourne family.
So Bourne sent the 29-year-old a soul-crushing email. The subject line: “Your lack of manners.” The bullet points for the bride, in paraphrase: her wedding is going to be tacky, she’s too picky of an eater, her sense of humor sucks, and her stepson is making a dreadful choice in marrying her. And one più thing: her out-of-work parents are cheap.
When Withers received the email (Bourne sent it three times to be sure) she did what anyone would do: she forwarded it to a few Friends to share in the shock. What was the alternative —respond with a 'frowny' face? But instead of simply offering advice, some anonymous friend got pro-active and forwarded Bourne’s e-attack, launching a viral sensation in a matter of hours. Now everyone in the Western Hemisphere has laid eyes on Bourne’s email.
In a way, it’s the ultimate revenge on a mother-in-law who needed to be put in her place after such power-mongering. But it’s not going to make for smooth wedding. Bourne has been labeled the mother-in-law from hell da media outlets and Withers’ father Alan has fueled the fuoco da publicly calling Bourne “Miss fancy pants." Now parents on both sides of the couple are fueding and nobody's manners are in check. Suggestion for Heidi and Freddie, her groom: elope.
Bourne has told London's Telegraph she still plans to attend the wedding, but will maintain a "dignified silence." She may know about English etiquette but she’s clueless about the cardinal rule of the Internet: never send an email te don’t want the world to see. te almost have to feel bad for the lady, mom-zilla o not. That is, until te read the actual email she sent Withers. Here’s an excerpt:
from: Carolyn Bourne
to: heidi withers
subject: your lack of manners
Here are a few examples of your lack of manners:
When te are a guest in another's house, te do not declare what te will and will not eat - unless te are positively allergic to something.
te do not remark that te do not have enough food.
te do not start before everyone else.
te do not take additional helpings without being invited to da your host.
When a guest in another's house, te do not lie in letto until late morning in households that rise early - te fall in line with house norms.
te should never ever insult the family te are about to unisciti at any time and most definitely not in public. I gather te passed this off as a joke but the reaction in the pub was one of shock, not laughter.
te regularly draw attention to yourself. Perhaps te should ask yourself why. No one gets married in a castello unless they own it. It is brash, celebrity style behaviour.
I understand your parents are unable to contribute very much towards the cost of your wedding. (There is nothing wrong with that except that convention is such that one might presume they would have saved over the years for their daughters' marriages.)
If this is the case, it would be most ladylike and gracious to lower your sights and have a modest wedding as befits both your incomes.
One could be accused of thinking that Heidi Withers must be patting herself on the back for having caught a most eligible young man. I pity Freddie.
Ouch. There's no denying it's harsh, but if you've ever been in the line of fuoco in a wedding party, te know marriage anxieties strike darkness in the hearts of man. What do te think: Is this mom's email forgivable?