A man recently went online to share the story of how he’d raised his feckless brother’s daughter, only for his brother to show up at her wedding and attempt to walk her down the aisle. Here’s his story.
The man wrote, “My 55-year-old brother David isn’t the most responsible person in the world. He drinks too much and can’t hold a job since he had a quad-bike accident that left him in a coma for three months.”
Picking up the pieces
“He has two kids whom it has been my privilege to help raise. David’s ex, Meredith, and I have a good relationship,” he added. “She stayed with my wife and me after he quit his job to go diving in Indonesia ‘for a while.’ Our kids have grown up together.”
Meridith moved on from David and met a new man. However, her daughter Maddi had a strained relationship with him, and when she got married, she didn’t want him to give her away.
Instead, Maddi asked her uncle to walk her down the aisle. He was honored to accept and delighted to participate.
On the day of the wedding, David showed up. Everyone was surprised to see him there. However, it was largely because his mother had forced him to attend.
The man’s mother was so happy with herself for convincing David to come. Meredith instructed the ushers to sit him at the front with the rest of the family. But there was a problem.
The man’s mother wondered why David was being seated up front. She told Meredith he’d come to walk his daughter down the aisle.
A small disagreement broke out. Maddi’s brother took care of it by moving David to the front and explaining that Maddi would be walking down the aisle with someone who’d genuinely acted like a father to her.
David and the man’s mother were upset. During the after-ceremony, they complained that David felt excluded from the wedding despite making a big effort.
The man exploded at David. He told him that it shouldn’t be a “big effort” to show up at his daughter’s wedding.
Meredith tried to pacify David. She told him he could do a father-daughter dance after the man danced with Maddi. But David refused because he didn’t want to play second fiddle.
The aftermath of the situation was not pretty. Many of the man’s family took David’s side and accused him of usurping his brother.
Was he in the right?
The man thinks he did the right thing but couldn’t escape the feeling that he should have asked Maddi if she wanted David to walk her down the aisle. He wrote to an online forum to get a second opinion.
The internet responded
One poster said, “Her decision, man, NOT yours. If she wanted him to do it, you’d have known.”
While another commenter declared, with more than a hint of sarcasm, “Applause for the hero that got dressed and came to the wedding of his daughter! He could have drunk all day, but he made this sacrifice to be there and shine on this one special day when he could be a father! You should have given him the whole wedding cake! “
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