A yearly hiking trip had become a tradition for a group of friends, including a man and his four buddies. Whilst the man was away, his wife preferred to enjoy some quality alone time, but this year she would find herself more involved than she could possibly imagine.
A Lifelong Bond
The husband’s friends had formed a tight-knit group since their elementary school days, and these annual hikes had been going on for years. They had formed an inseparable bond, yet it often seemed as though they no longer held each other in high regard.
Disdain for the Men
The woman openly expressed that she did not like these men. In one particular incident, they had taken a last-minute trip abroad when they were supposed to be her husband’s best men at their wedding, abandoning him. “They do that kinda stuff all the time where my husband is always kinda left in the dust”, the woman explained.
The Elephant in the Room
The husband’s relationship with his friends had been further strained by his wife, who helped him overcome his struggles with addiction when they began dating. The friends resent the perceived loss of their “real friend” to her, creating tension in the group.
A Simple Request
Regardless of these social tensions, the men had set out on their annual trip. The husband’s wife only requested a brief call or text from her husband when the day’s activities wind down, a quick check-in to ensure his well-being.
The Friends’ Discontent
The husband’s friends, however, expressed a strong dislike for these calls. They hated his inclination to check in with his wife at the end of the day during the trip. They even hid his phone for two days to prevent him from contacting her.
The Phone Incident
“I thought he was dead”, the woman cried. “I messaged their respective partners, asking if they had heard from them”, she explained. “One girlfriend called and screamed at her bf to give him his phone back immediately.”
An Uncomfortable Trip
When the phone was finally returned, the husband confided in his wife that the trip had taken a nightmarish turn and he wanted to come home. “He told me they specifically used the trip as an “intervention” to convince him to divorce me because I am “too needy” and demand “too much” from him”, the woman lamented. “Both of those things are severely untrue.”
The woman was furious, so she reached out to the partners of her husband’s friends and explained what was happening. Naturally, this sparked heated confrontations between the partners and their boyfriends. While the wife didn’t intend for this to happen, it further escalated the tension between the men.
Understanding the Aftermath
The man finally returned home and expressed nothing but thanks for his wife. Nevertheless, the incident had left a lasting impact on the man’s bond with his friends, and the wife couldn’t help but feel that it had been all her fault.
Questioning Her Actions
Plagued with guilt, the woman headed online to confess to an online community. Thankfully, everyone came straight to her defense. “This wasn’t your fault at all”, expressed one reader. “Your husband just has abysmal friends.”
Everyone reading the story was shocked at how awfully the ‘friends’ had acted. “Those are some terrible “friends”’, another reader expressed. “Luckily it sounds like your husband and the partners also agreed. No one needs that many toxic people in their life.”
“They sound like typical frat boys who never grow up”, someone concisely wrote.
Checking in is Important
Readers were united in believing that the men had incredibly immature attitudes. “It’s perfectly normal to want your husband to check in with you while he’s on a trip”, someone pointed out. “I don’t think you have anything to worry about anymore though, as I highly doubt your husband will remain friends with these children after this.”
However, one commenter shared their view that the wife’s request for a phone call was ‘a bit much’, the husband deserved his own time with his friends and considering he went on these hikes every year he was obviously experienced and could look after himself. The commenter also expressed concern that the wife was panicked after ‘only 2 days’ of not speaking to her husband.
A Wonderful Husband
Not only was the woman praised for her handling of the situation, but so was the husband. “Wow! Your husband is a good guy for keeping in contact”, one commenter expressed. “He obviously loves you and those people are terrible… good riddance, I’m glad they are out of your life.”
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