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  • But Pennza wrote that there was a good reason why her MIL donned the inappropriate dress.

    The writer continued that her MIL grew up in "extreme" poverty. "As a child, she used to sneak into the kitchen and eat match heads," she wrote. "That's a pica craving, and kids do it when they're malnourished.

    "When you grow up with nothing, it stays with you. Forever, I think. No matter how much money you earn, there's always that little fear in the back of your mind that someone might take it all away," she wrote. Her MIL wasn't being cruel, she reasoned -- she just found an incredible bargain and ran with it. 

    "She's a bargain hunter to the bone," Pennza explained. "Her money saving strategies are legend -- and often hilarious. At family gatherings, we amuse ourselves telling stories of crazy shit she's done to save money."

    Her MIL has always gone through great lengths to save a dollar, including taking the olives and celery from her Bloody Marys for salads and saving cold cuts from sandwiches for later use.

    "When she spotted The Dress at an incredible bargain, she couldn't turn it down. If you ask her now, she says she feels terrible about it," Pennza wrote. 

    Despite this small lapse in her judgement, Pennza said her MIL can be extremely generous. "When my twins were newborns, she drove across town every night, slept on the sofa, and did three feedings. For two babies. Every night for months," she wrote. 

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  • Pennza shared that since her wedding day, she's mostly forgiven her MIL and felt like it made her wedding unforgettable.

    "Yeah, the wedding dress was a shock," she wrote. "But it gave me a pretty funny memory. No one who attended has ever forgotten it. And, you have to admit, weddings can be forgettable."

    The writer continued that her MIL "has more than made up for it since." 

    Pennza also shared that she had told her MIL that their photo was catching a lot of attention online. "I worried it might hurt her feelings," she wrote, but "she waved it off. 'Whatever makes me famous,'" her MIL told her.

    It just goes to prove that alls well that ends well.