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Poisoning Mother-In-Law

A long time ago in China, a girl named Li-Li got married and went to live with her husband and mother-in-law.

In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn’t get along with her mother-in-law at all. Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by many of her mother-in-law’s habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li constantly.

Days passed days, and weeks passed weeks. Li-Li and her mother-in-law never stopped arguing and fighting. But what made the situation even worse was that, according to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow to her mother-in-law and obey her every wish. All the anger and unhappiness in the house was causing the poor husband great distress.

Finally, Li-Li could not stand her mother-in-law’s bad temper and dictatorship any longer, and she decided to do something about it.

Li-Li went to see her father’s good friend, Mr. Huang, who sold herbs. She told him the situation and asked if he would give her some poison so that she could solve the problem once and for all. Mr. Huang thought for a while, and finally said, “Li-Li, I will help you solve your problem, but you must listen to me and obey what I tell you.”

Li-Li said, “Yes, Mr. Huang, I will do whatever you tell me to do.” Mr. Huang went into the back room, and returned in a few minutes with a package of herbs.

He told Li-Li, “You can’t use a quick-acting poison to get rid of your mother-in-law, because that would cause people to become suspicious. Therefore, I have given you a number of herbs that will slowly build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some delicious meal and put a little of these herbs in her serving. Now, in order to make sure that nobody suspects you when she dies, you must be very careful to act very friendly towards her. Don’t argue with her, obey her every wish, and treat her like a queen.”

Li-Li was so happy. She thanked Mr. Huang and hurried home to start her plot of murdering her mother-in-law.

Weeks went by, months went by, and every other day, Li-Li served the specially treated food to her mother-in-law. She remembered what Mr. Huang had said about avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her temper, obeyed her mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother. After six months had passed, the whole household had changed.

Li-Li had practiced controlling her temper so much that she found that she almost never got mad or upset. She hadn’t had an argument in six months with her mother-in-law, who now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with.

The mother-in-law’s attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love Li-Li like her own daughter. She kept telling friends and relatives that Li-Li was the best daughter-in-law one could ever find. Li-Li and her mother-in-law were now treating each other like a real mother and daughter.

Li-Li’s husband was very happy to see what was happening.

One day, Li-Li came to see Mr. Huang and asked for his help again. She said, “Mr. Huang, please help me to stop the poison from killing my mother-in-law! She’s changed into such a nice woman, and I love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the poison I gave her.”

Mr. Huang smiled and nodded his head. “Li-Li, there’s nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude toward her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you gave to her.”

Author Unknown
Story Submitted by A.Bhatia

{ 56 comments… add one }
  • James April 27, 2022, 5:20 pm

    Wow this is so amazing and I learnt a lot

  • Savannah Chavez August 27, 2020, 3:18 pm

    I like this story because the couple work together

  • Dorothy Doorasamy March 13, 2019, 6:08 am

    Very inspirational.As the saying goes Kill people with kindness.

  • Bardz May 5, 2018, 10:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing. That’s a very nice and story.

  • 121GW February 23, 2015, 12:06 pm

    If Mr. Huang had met my mother in law, the ending would have been different. 😉

  • YOLO October 24, 2014, 3:07 am

    Such a lovely post. Wish every daughter-in-law and mother-in-law should have a healthy and good relationship like a daughter and mother.
    YOLO wishes a Very Happy Mother-in-law Day

  • Ram sai October 7, 2014, 1:08 am

    Thank you for giving a good story.

  • Juanito Carlos September 16, 2014, 9:57 am

    This story is good!

    Not really 😛

  • Abomajid June 5, 2014, 1:15 pm

    That is what I call a great story. My grand mother told me Avery similer story that had happened in our country long long time ago. That tells us that all cultures all over
    The world have similarities in many aspects.

  • Nahid December 19, 2013, 3:43 am

    Wowwww…. it was truly inspirational on which rectify minds toward mother in laws.

  • Raul November 29, 2013, 3:02 am

    I don’t know what exact word to use just to appreciate this story.
    This is beyond appreciation!

  • Rakesh Patel-ranip November 27, 2013, 7:46 am

    It means love is the best cure to solve the problem but today we are so selfish that we don’t have real love for people to take care of them. If you love , you are loved. Really I am impressed.

  • Anon November 13, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Really inspiring!

  • Sandy November 7, 2013, 12:05 am

    Very nice story…..

  • Dennis October 29, 2013, 8:21 am

    Smart herbalist.. I like him and the story.

  • Alex October 26, 2013, 12:58 am

    Nice story…

  • Sanjay Borogaon October 23, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Oh!! So encouraging story….

  • Princesskaf October 22, 2013, 9:59 am

    Lovely. Seriously touched!

  • Mayuri October 21, 2013, 10:31 am

    Very nice story… be calm always to taking decisions… 🙂

  • Nadine October 21, 2013, 4:44 am

    Nice story, as mentioned in the holy Quraan: Allah does not change what is in a nation unless they change what is in themselves.

  • Daljeet October 20, 2013, 1:12 pm

    Such a nice story which helps us to control our temper.

  • Thaanty October 20, 2013, 5:05 am

    It’s a nice story… thanks for the story…. keep going on writing…..

  • Umanath October 18, 2013, 6:30 am

    It is one of the finest stories that I have read. Li-Li had a lot of Love in her but it was covered with hatred. Dr. Huang just removed the hatred and LOVE came out in full colors. Every girl must read this.

  • Katana Sarah October 11, 2013, 5:02 am

    Thanks for the story, it teaches us to be patient.

  • Malaika October 11, 2013, 12:44 am

    Very nice story and moral.

  • Suresh M October 10, 2013, 11:03 pm

    Good one.

  • Mel Pottinger October 10, 2013, 1:24 pm

    I marvel at the wisdom of the Bush Doctor… He pretended to be giving the mother-in-law poison to pacify the daughter-in-law that mo-in-law would soon be dead. That brought peace to her… Not sure what God she served and how she would live with knowing what she did. But thank God for the conscience of the doctor… he had a heart of passion and love that couldn’t allow him to do anything cruel… if the world had more people like that doc, how much better life would be!!!!

  • Amir October 10, 2013, 3:32 am

    It was really nice… I translated it into Persian.

  • Merlan Bacarisas October 10, 2013, 2:51 am

    It was a very nice touching story, very much inspiring.

  • Camilia October 9, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Such an inspiring story, very nice one… Treat people the way you want to be treated by them !

  • Trey October 9, 2013, 5:15 am

    Wow I’ve learned a lot from this story… with anger you cannot accomplish anything..

  • Manjula C October 9, 2013, 3:57 am

    Nice Story.

  • Ktzapau October 8, 2013, 10:22 am

    A very good story and with meaningful moral. Please send me a more and more. Thank you.

  • Abreeza October 8, 2013, 8:28 am

    I love it, great moving story.

  • Shelja Sharma October 8, 2013, 5:17 am

    Wonderful story. It’s all in the mind. Love is the only remedy to all the problems. To get love one needs to start giving love first. Thank You Mr Bhatia for such a nice story.

  • Anju October 8, 2013, 4:58 am

    A lovely moral story! It indeed works.. However, one has to have somebody like Mr Huang, a person with wisdom and well wishing, to trust upon and to set right the upset matters.. Do good, you will receive good…

  • Raju October 8, 2013, 1:11 am

    Very nice story to read everybody.

  • Megz October 7, 2013, 8:58 pm

    Really love the story…!

  • Sarah October 7, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Wowww… nice story. I like it.

  • Rozy October 7, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Very, very nice story.

  • Kishor chauhan October 7, 2013, 12:03 pm

    Amazing. Really positive attitude helps people and negative one. If we start positive thinking we become good.

  • Himanshu October 7, 2013, 10:35 am

    Lovely and Cute wow…!!!

  • Shardul Manjrekar October 7, 2013, 10:24 am

    This is really nice story and lot to learn from. I must appreciate effort put in by the author. I would appreciate if this website provide mail ID of the author / or A. Bhatia so that I can share my thoughts and views with him / her. Lot of thanks & Regards, Shardul.

    Respond: Hi Shardul! I received permission from Bhatia and have modified the story to include Bhatia’s email. Take care!!!

  • Tarun October 7, 2013, 7:46 am

    IT’S ALL ABOUT WORKING TO HELP THE SELF TO TRULY BECOME ABLE; AS MENTIONED BELOW; which can be done only with the help of a wise man with wisdom.

    1. She; washed away the poison in her mind first, and therefore only SHE NOW TRULY BECAME ABLE to control her temper,

    2. It was due to the ability gained by her, to control her temper; that her attitude also truly changed, and as a result; therefore only; SHE NOW TRULY BECAME ABLE to obey also; her mother-in-law, and finally;

    3. Because she also became able truly, and obeyed her m-in-law with such ability; that SHE NOW TRULY BECAME ABLE to serve the relationship of herself also with her; instead of her m-in-law; as she previously thought, she was doing;

    4. By doing as above; SHE ALSO BECAME ABLE TO REALISE TRULY; the importance to work; especially for fulfilling the needs of joys of her relationship, as well with her m-in-law; instead of, for fulfilling the needs of desires alone; and therefore only, she FINALLY BECAME ABLE TO TRULY TREAT her m-in-law, like her own mother.

  • Raji October 7, 2013, 5:34 am

    Lovely story 🙂 I love it.

  • Himanish October 7, 2013, 5:27 am

    It was a little scary but, good.

  • Swarup October 7, 2013, 2:38 am

    True poison is in our head and we blame others for all the unhappiness. Give and take. Story is wonderful.

  • Dharani October 7, 2013, 2:04 am

    Nice story Stephen… and thanks Bhatia for submitting such a beautiful story.

  • Abrahamkockedhie October 7, 2013, 1:51 am

    Cute story.

  • Vinay October 7, 2013, 1:25 am

    Very nice.

  • Vineeta October 7, 2013, 1:15 am

    I searched for the crooked, met not a single one
    When searched myself, “I” found the crooked one

    Nice Moral 🙂

  • Vivek Ray October 7, 2013, 12:42 am

    Wow.. Thank you so much. I had been writing the chapter regarding Attitude towards people for my book. Been praying for a nice story that will help me to put the point across. This story is the answer to my prayers. Thanks so much again.

  • Johnson Varughese October 7, 2013, 12:34 am

    Very nice moral story to teach modern wife about the importance of relationship.

  • Cynthia October 6, 2013, 11:54 pm

    Lovely! Keep up the fantastic work!

  • Jaiceal October 6, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Nice one!!

  • Henry October 6, 2013, 7:23 pm

    Great moral story… I love it.

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