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System Requirements Document (SRD) for Being a Great Mother-in-Law

This document contains the full set of requirements for being a Great Mother-in-Law.

They have been fully validated and verified.

ID: SRD-MotherInLaw-001

Text: The Mother-in-Law shall Carpe Diem on arrival.

Rationale: Nobody else would give you a chance.

Assumptions: Your mom (pregnant with you, in a remote mining town) might decide to take a long tumble. And the doctors decide they can only save her, and set you aside to die.

Means of Verification: Surprise everybody by wailing anyway.

ID: SRD-MotherInLaw-002

Text: The Mother-in-Law shall warn her daughter about the foolhardiness of marrying this guy.

Rationale: He’s powerful thin, and has a chronic illness

Assumptions: Daughter might get stuck with sick husband.

Additional info: (He’s healthier than he looks, even if he still hasn’t won Mr Universe.)

ID: SRD-MotherInLaw-003

Text: The Mother-in-Law shall welcome her new son-in-law with open arms anyway.

Rationale: Daughter might ignore advice in SRD-MotherInLaw-002

Additional Info: She did.

Means of Verification: Surprise him with a Christmas present the first Christmas in the family.

ID: SRD-MotherInLaw-004

Text: The Mother-in-Law shall be a Shopaholic.

Rationale: Somebody’s got to look good around here!

Additional Info: How else is Christmas gonna happen?

Means of Verification: Shop-owners roll out the red carpet when they see you coming.

ID: SRD-MotherInLaw-005

Text: The Mother-in-Law shall be capable of driving a school bus.

Rationale: What else are you supposed to do with a new driver’s licence?

ID: SRD-MotherInLaw-006

Text: The Mother-in-Law shall be capable of telling school kids to muzzle it and walk.

Rationale: They can be a bit lippy, on occasion.

Assumptions: Like when they refuse to don seat belts and say their tax dollars are paying your salary.

Means of Verification: They walk to school for a week.

Additional Info: (Don’t think you’d get away with this today.)

ID: SRD-MotherInLaw-007

Text: The Mother-in-Law shall be (ahem) a “feisty character”.

Rationale: Somebody’s got to put Father-in-Law in his place (regularly).

Assumptions: Everybody else too, occasionally (including Son-in-Law).

ID: SRD-MotherInLaw-008

Text: The Mother-in-Law shall drink several pots of tea daily.

Rationale: A fresh pot of tea at the dining table fixes all problems.

Assumptions: There are enough ships between here and the tea-producing nations of the world.

Means of Verification: The world’s shipping lines start building more ships.

ID: SRD-MotherInLaw-009

Text: The Mother-in-Law shall know Him Whom She Serves.

Rationale: It’s Who, not What, that matters.

All of these requirements were fully validated and verified by Barbara E M Palmer, who Went to Her Reward in Toronto on Oct 31, 2021.

Fondly missed by her son-in-law, he is relieved her suffering is over.

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