A mother, Naoh, is struggling to balance work, childcare, and housework after returning from maternity leave, with her husband’s help. Despite repeatedly refusing, her mother-in-law keeps delivering homemade side dishes, claiming it’s for the family’s nutrition. Naoh eventually confronts her, leading to a heated argument. Both sides believe they are doing what’s best for the family, causing tension. In the next episode, Naoh and her husband need to decide whether to let it go or confront the issue. The story explores the complexities of family dynamics and the difficulty of expressing one’s feelings. It highlights the challenges of balancing different perspectives within a family.
Continuing from the previous episode. Even if you act with the thought “for your sake,” it’s not always clear how the receiving party will feel. Rather, it might even become a nuisance for the other person. What if this happens between a daughter-in-law and mother-in-law…? This time, we have a story about the “dilemma of gratitude” that homemade side dishes can teach us.
Naho is a mom who is raising a 2-year-old boy named Riku and a 0-year-old girl named Natsu. A few months ago, she returned to work after maternity leave and has been struggling to balance unfamiliar household chores, childcare, and work while gradually getting the hang of it with the help of her husband, Ryota. However, ever since Naho returned to work, her mother-in-law continues to deliver side dishes to their doorstep, despite being refused many times. She insists it’s “for the family’s nutrition” and “it’s the only thing she can do now.” Naho finally reaches her limit. Furthermore, her mother-in-law waits in front of their house to hand it over in person. Naho clearly expresses to her mother-in-law that it’s a “nuisance,” which leads to an argument, even using the word “living together.”
Episode 12: Is it worse not to show gratitude?
Would living together really be for Naho’s sake…? Were the deliveries of unwanted side dishes all really “for the family”…? It seems that Naho and Ryota are hesitant to voice their thoughts against the strong assertion of innocence made by their mother-in-law. But the words in their hearts are probably the same. “She just doesn’t understand anything…” That says it all. Will they just leave it as it is, or will they firmly persuade her? Which will Ryota choose?
To be continued in Episode 13.
Original concept: Mama Star Community Screenplay: Tae Watanabe Illustration: Mochi Kamiya Editor: Teruko Ii