Both Vicky and I have a bunch of cousins of what is deemed 'marriageable age'. So I tend to have a lot of conversations about marriage and its requirements and their requirements with both my mother and my mother-in-law. One such phone conversation recently was going very well, I thought, as I nodded and agreed with most of what the mother-in-law said. She was talking about a prospective 'boy' and how eminently eligible he was because of, oh, the usual reasons.
Then she said, "And you have to consider, he has no mother. Having no mother-in-law to be bossed around by can only be a good thing..."
What makes her such a delightful person to know is that she says something like this with not the slightest sense of irony to her own daughter-in-law!