Over the weekend, Husband and I went to Wal-Mart (this is rural suburbia here, choices are few) and got a little silly in the Men's Underwear department. This has resulted in a weird conversation with my Mother In Law.
A few weeks ago, Husband bought himself some boxer shorts. He bought them at the local zoo. They had tree frogs printed on them, big funny tree frogs, and were a soft soft cotton. They were cute and he looked cute in them, which is why he bought them. I liked him in them (I'm all about easy access) and so, when we went to Wal-mart, we looked at some more. There were a lot of very cute ones, mostly with M&M logos and such, so we bought a couple more pair.
MIL, usual MIL fashion, was doing laundry out of boredom and her idea that we can't do shit for ourselves without her around, had washed and folded them up and brought them to me to put away. I held them up.
"Aren't these cute?" First mistake -- never discuss your husband's underwear with your mother-in-law.
"Well, they aren't really underwear." MIL gave the black boxers with the M&M red guy on it a disparaging look.
"They were in the underwear section." Second mistake -- never contradict the MIL.
"No one really wears those."
"Our friend Marc does." In fact, Marc was the person who first brought boxers into our lives, when he bought me a pair of Daffy Duck boxers to wear as shorts and Husband "acquired" them. For reasons not really explainable, Marc, Husband and I have had many discussions about underwear.
"No. They don't have any support." And she turns away in a well known gesture that combines unwillingess to surrender with total assurance that I am an idiot and she won't discuss such critical ideas with idiots and, besides that, she's an expert in this field.
I put the underwear in the drawer, trying not to laugh, and pondering at what point in our relationship will I stop baiting her like this. I then caught Husband in IM:
Me: I just had the weirdest discussion with mom
Me: your boxer shorts are not underwear
Me: it has been so declared
Me: No one REALLY wears them as underwear. They have no support.
Husband: (blink, blink blink)
Me: I dared disagree, stating Marc indeed did wear them as underwear, She gave me the nod/turn away/whatever gesture
Me: I am sitting here grinning and thinking "Why did I say ANYTHING? She's obviousy an authority on men's underwear."
Me: So, anyway, if you wear them under your pants, you still have no underwear on
Me: Just so you know
Me: I still think they are cute
Husband: (so, I can still wear them as undies if we don't tell mom?)
Me: (I think so)
Husband: (good, because I like dangling free every so often)