A woman recently asked the Reddit community for advice after her sister-in-law made an unreasonable request. Here’s what she had to say.
They’ve Been Friends Since Childhood
The woman and Brittany, her sister-in-law, share a deep-rooted friendship that dates back to their early childhood. They have been inseparable since the age of five or six. Over the years, Brittany became closely associated with her brother and eventually married him five years ago.
Her Husband Died
Tragically, Brittany’s husband passed away in a devastating accident when she was in the advanced stages of pregnancy. With the mounting bills and financial responsibilities, Brittany had to make the difficult decision to move in with her late husband’s parents. This arrangement provided her with the necessary support for herself and her newborn baby. She’s still living in her in-laws’ house and is actively pursuing her educational goals by working towards a degree. Brittany deeply appreciates the unwavering support she has received from her late husband’s family.
The Woman’s Husband Bought a Wonderful Gift
Now, the woman’s husband bought an all-inclusive trip, a romantic Paris getaway for her as a Christmas present.
She said, “I have always had France on my wish list, and I am so grateful to him for such a wonderful gift.”
They planned to travel in February, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The Woman Told Her Parents About It
Like most people do when they receive good news, the woman informed her parents of the trip. She probably expected everyone to be happy that she would be going on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with her husband, but she was in for a shock.
Brittany Wanted to Go with Her
Brittany heard about the trip from her in-laws and immediately reached out to the woman with an unexpected request. ‘’She called me in floods of tears asking that I take her instead of my husband,’’ the woman said.
The Woman Was Surprised and Confused
This was quite an unusual thing to ask. The woman definitely didn’t expect that anyone would want to take the place of her husband on this special trip. Why, then did Brittany feel it was okay to ask?
Brittany Wanted to Do Something Special with The Woman
Brittany argued that she would never have the opportunity to go on such a vacation with her husband, being a widow who has made a lot of sacrifices to raise her daughter.
Brittany also said that she wanted them to go on a girl’s trip just like back in the day and that her sister-in-law could visit Paris with her husband some other time.
The Woman Refused
The woman was not comfortable with Brittany’s proposal and turned it down. ‘’I told Brittany that it wasn’t possible, this was a gift from my husband, and I fully expect to get a romantic getaway with him’’.
Brittany Tried to Guilt the Woman Into Changing Plans
Brittany had no plans of backing down. She claimed that the woman was punishing her for being a widow and it was unfair that she would have a ‘love affair in Paris’ while she cried at her husband’s grave.
The Woman’s Parents Didn’t Find Brittany’s Request Odd
They told her they would babysit her daughter. They also felt that she needed to consider Brittany’s feelings and not rub her happy marriage in her face. ‘‘You will be selfish to leave a grieving widow over Valentine’s Day,’’ her mother said.
The Husband Agreed with The Woman
On the contrary, her husband felt that Brittany’s behavior was uncalled for and that she was just trying to guilt trip her. He, however, agreed to step aside if she decided to go on the trip with Brittany.
Several readers online supported the woman’s action. One person said, ‘’That’s such an unreasonable request, and if she feels that way, she needs therapy’’
Another person said, ‘’I also think the parents are trying to manipulate the situation. It seems they want Brittany out of their house for a break!’’.
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