I love, love, LOVE Carolyn Hax! (Okay, that's a lie.)
I love the fact that I can always picture her snarling away at her computer, giving people what-for. I love her holier-than-thou take on even the most mundane problem. She's angry and she's not afraid to show it. Except for sometimes.
If my boyfriend's mom kept bringing up his dearly beloved ex-girlfriend, I'd be pissed. Ms. Hax recommends the high road in this situation. Predictably, I'd be more tempted to take the lower roadway.
She recommends ignoring the biddy. Yeah, right. I recommend informing Mommy Dearest that the reason Sonny Boy broke up with Mrs. Ex is because of her all-consuming penchant for all things anal. Whereas she, the new daughter-in-law, prefers her sex the old-fashioned, grand-child producing way. Never mind if you'd sooner eat glass than spit child, your point will be made.