A woman recently wrote to an online forum to share the story of a marital argument. She always cared for his childhood pets, but when she had an appointment and he needed to step up, it turned into a big deal. Here’s what she said.
The woman wrote, “My husband has long-life pets from his childhood. They moved in when we got a place together a few years ago. There’s one parrot and one tortoise.”
“I love pets, and as these are my husband’s, I never wanted to say ‘get rid of them,’ as I firmly believe a pet is for life unless in extreme circumstances,” she added. “As these pets are indoor pets and ‘lower care’ than a dog, I figured we’d care for them 50/50.”
Work from home
The woman took a work-from-home job. Because she’s at home often, the pets have taken to her. In part, it’s because she gives them lots of treats.
Caring for the pets is not working out 50/50. The woman is doing everything; even on her days off, she’s deep cleaning or running to the pet store to get them food.
Her husband is off on Tuesday and Wednesday. She’s off on Wednesday and Thursday. However, on Tuesdays, he’s out all day and doesn’t return until close to midnight.
She spoke to her husband about the matter and asked him to step up. However, he just brushed her off.
One Wednesday, she had a doctor’s appointment. She needed to leave at 9:30 a.m. The pets usually wake up around 11 a.m., so she told him to get them ready and feed them then. However, he said it would be better if she got the pets ready before she left.
The matter was complicated because he had an interview at one o’clock. Fitting it around the pet’s 11 a.m. schedule was tricky.
She told her husband that he should do it. However, he complained that the parrot bites him and the tortoise won’t cooperate.
The woman explained that the reason he was having trouble with the pets was that they weren’t used to him. She said that if he spent more time with them, they would be more likely to do what he wanted.
Her husband told her that she was being stubborn. However, she told him to deal with the pets and that she was going to her appointment and then staying out for the day because she never gets to spend time on her own.
Was she in the right?
Her husband missed the interview and was very upset. However, she thinks that he could have gotten up early to deal with the pets. She wrote to an online forum to ask for some perspective.
The internet responded
One poster replied, “These are his pets. It’s a glimpse into what life will be like if or when you introduce children into the mix. Be careful with this one.”
While another said, “You couldn’t feed his pet turtle, so he says you cost him a job offer? Is he 12?”
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