Mark, a father of a 12-year-old boy with a chronic heart disease, saves up to buy his son an Xbox for his birthday, but when his wife’s brothers borrow it and break it, Mark demands they pay for it and bans them from the party, causing tension in the family.
A Sad Situation
Mark is a 32-year-old man who has a 12-year-old son with a chronic heart disease that prevents him from doing physical activities like running, playing football, skating, or swimming due to several issues, including shortage of breath and getting tired quickly.
Struggling for Money
Mark is saddened to see his son like this. Last week, it was his son’s birthday, and he had saved up to buy him an Xbox to cheer him up and so they could do bonding activities together. Mark did this for his son despite struggling with money to pay for medical expenses.
Mark’s wife is a stay-at-home mom, and she wanted to handle planning for the birthday event and called her brothers, Mike and Austin, who are both in their 30s, to come help the day before the party. She thought this would be easier than trying to juggle caring for her son and planning the party.
However, when Mark got home, he found that the Xbox was damaged, and Mike admitted that he and Austin had borrowed it to play with it downstairs and were going to put it back, but Austin dropped it, causing it to break, which made Mark livid. Only one of the brothers was there due to breaking the device.
They Can’t Afford It
Mark screamed at Mike and demanded that they pay for the Xbox, but his wife called him unreasonable, saying that her brothers couldn’t afford it since they barely pay rent and Austin has kids to feed, which led to a lot of arguing between the couple, with Mark insisting that her brothers weren’t even allowed to come to the party after this.
His In-Laws Were Upset
Mark’s in-laws were upset that he didn’t let them come to the party and said that both of them were sorry, but it was an accident, and he should have let them attend, but instead, he overreacted.
A Birthday Ruined
“My son’s birthday was ruined because of their carelessness,” Mark said. “I worked hard to get this device to cheer my son up and do bonding activities for us, and they ruined it. I don’t think it’s unreasonable for them to pay for it and not be allowed to come to the party.”
His Wife Thought He Was Being Unfair
However, Mark’s wife thought that he was being unfair and that their son would understand that it was an accident. The couple continued to argue about the situation, with no clear resolution in sight.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “They were not adults. Normal adults do not take a child’s birthday gift, play with it, and break it before putting it back and doing a runner. They need to own up to their responsibilities, replace the kid’s X-Box with a new one and they shouldn’t be allowed to set foot in OP’s house until they do so.”
More Internet Comments
Another person commented, “The Wife here is completely out of line. She shields her brothers, two adult men who tore up a kids birthday present to have some fun and then broke it. Fled the scene like some caught little children, and act like they’re 12. The wife is enabling this, her priority is not her sick child, not her husband, but her two brothers. The only reason they can pull this here is because of her.”
A Final Comment
This last person wrote this opinion, “They opened the boy’s birthday gift and not only played with it but broke it???? And the wife defended them because they “helped her out”? How did they help her, exactly?”
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