A Woman’s Mother-In-Law Excluded Her From a Family Dinner on Vacation, and When Her Husband Didn’t Defend Her She Decided to Catch a Flight Home

A 26-year-old woman embarked on a family trip with her husband and his parents. The relationship with her mother-in-law had always been strained, but the treatment she received on the vacation was worse than she expected. 

The Strained Relationship

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Despite her best efforts, the woman had always struggled to get along with her mother-in-law due to her perceiving the woman as ‘ignorant’ and ‘backward’. The woman wrote that her mother-in-law believed that ‘just because I come from a lower class family (compared to hers) that I have no “etiquette”’. 

The Dinner Invitation Dilemma

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During the vacation, the family planned to visit a fancy restaurant for dinner. However, the woman’s husband chose not to inform her of the dinner arrangement, and she only found out at the last minute when he was already dressed to leave. 

An Outrageous Reveal

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When she inquired, he revealed that she wasn’t invited because his mother assumed she wouldn’t be familiar with the food and dining etiquette, suggesting it would be better for her to stay in and eat at the hotel.

An Unexpected Departure

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Deeply hurt by this turn of events, the woman decided to quietly pack her bags rather than arguing or making a scene. She then booked the first flight back home and left for the airport. 

Her Husband’s Reaction

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Her husband, upon discovering her departure, reacted strongly. “When he found out that I went home, he blew up and called me ridiculous and irrational”. He asserted that her actions embarrassed him in front of his family. 

Ungrateful Behaviour

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In addition to what the husband believed was embarrassing behavior, he also claimed the woman was being incredibly ungrateful. He revealed that his parents were initially reluctant to allow his wife to join them on the vacation, but he had begged them to allow her, and she threw this away. 

Financial Considerations

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Adding another layer of complexity to the situation, the woman mentioned that her in-laws also “paid for my expenses so I didn’t want to act like I’m being needy or something.” This gave the husband a further reason to be furious with her. 

The Aftermath  

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Once the vacation was over and the husband returned home, the couple immediately fell into a heated argument. This was then met by the husband giving the woman ‘the silent treatment’.

Indirect Criticism on Social Media

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To make matters worse, the woman was browsing social media when she read something awfully familiar. Her in-laws had posted online about her, indirectly criticizing her on social media for her decision to leave the family trip.

Evaluating the Response

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In this emotionally charged scenario, the woman began questioning her actions. On one hand, she felt excluded, judged and undervalued by her husband and in-laws. On the other hand, she began reflecting on the appropriateness of her actions, considering the family dynamics, financial contributions, and her potential overreaction. 

Searching for Validation

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The woman posted her story onto an online community, seeking the opinion of others to validate her actions. Readers were quick to defend her: “It’s offensive for your husband and his family to exclude you from this dinner”, one person wrote. “Their reason for doing so is atrocious. It’s even worse that he didn’t inform you in advance that he’d be having dinner without you.”

An Underreaction

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Responding to the woman’s concerns that she may have overreacted, one commenter wrote: “You under-reacted: his family may be awful people, but he didn’t defend you when his mother said such atrocities? He actually thinks his mother is right and you don’t belong there. Get out, now, fast, and find yourself someone who appreciates you.”

Unanimous Verdict

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Feelings of hatred toward the husband were found everywhere in the thread. One person commented that the woman would only be in the wrong ‘if you stay married to this man who thinks it’s perfectly reasonable to treat you this way, then flip it around and act like you’re the problem. Why did he even marry you? He clearly has no respect for you.”

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