So Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have gotten back together and are re-engaged. Bristol says Johnston is making big progress — “like he’ll change a diaper without me even having to tell him.”
While that quote is shocking enough in itself, I don’t want to focus on Johnston’s ability to be a good dad (although you guys can discuss if you want), what I am thinking about is how painfully awful that relationship is going to be between Johnston and his mother-in-law Sarah Palin.
Palin’s saying all the right things. She’s going to try to give the boy a chance but I am telling you Thanksgiving is going to be frosty — not just this year but for the next 20 years.
“According to Bristol, Johnston is really changing. ‘Tons and tons of progress is being made,’ she says. ‘Like, he’ll change a diaper without me even having to tell him, or he’ll take him when I need a 15-minute break, or he’ll come over and help with Tripp, and all that stuff is just so much appreciated’ ”
“Sarah Palin, 46, who is currently hiking Mount McKinley with her family, issued a statement, saying, ‘Bristol, at 19, is now a young adult. As parents we obviously want what is best for our children, but Bristol is ultimately in charge of determining what is best for her and her beautiful son. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives. We pray that, as a couple, Bristol and Levi’s relationship matures into one that will allow Tripp to grow up graced with two loving parents in his life.’ ”
“Earlier this month, Johnston, 20, publicly apologized to the Palin family for saying things ‘that were not completely true’ following his and Bristol’s breakup last year. He blamed his remarks on ‘youthful indiscretion.’ “
Relationships with your M-I-L are hard enough but I’m just not sure the boy has any chance at all when he’s been on national TV talking about his M-I-L.
What do you think: Even if Bristol and Levi can work things out, can he make it work with her mother? Is your mother disliking your husband too much pressure for a young relationship to take? Can Sarah Palin truly forgive Levi or will it always be tough to get along?
What is your advice to Levi to help mend fences? What is your advice to Sarah to help accept him into their family?
Tell us your worst/best M-I-L/S-I-L stories.
(Check back in for a second topic at 2 p.m.)