John, a nurse practitioner responsible for overseeing low-risk maternity cases, faces tension with his religious parents over his decision to live with his fiancée without getting married. Here is what he had to say:
As a nurse practitioner, John was responsible for overseeing the low-risk maternity cases in the practice where he worked, and he worked closely with doctors and midwives to ensure a healthy pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience for his patients.
Living in Sin
Meanwhile, John’s fiancée was completing her residency, and they had been living together for a few years without getting married, which was causing some tension with John’s highly religious parents.
Despite their parents’ disapproval, John and his fiancée were planning to get married in June. However, during a family dinner at his parents’ house for Christmas, John’s mom started talking about how happy she was that they were finally getting married and how proud she was of her other children for waiting to get married or getting married right away after moving in together.
John’s fiancée was embarrassed, and John was getting frustrated with the constant argument they had with his parents about their living arrangement. He felt like every time they came over for dinner they both received a barrage of attacks about their wedding and living arrangements.
Four Months Early
In a moment of anger, John decided to bring up a premature baby he had been reading about, which made his parents uncomfortable. He then asked about his oldest brother, who was born almost four months premature, and requested to see the family album where they kept all the records of family births and such.
Grandma Slipped the Truth
John already knew that his brother was over 9 pounds and almost 23 inches long when he was born, and he had heard from his grandmother that his mom was in her second trimester when they got married.
John’s parents quickly changed the subject, and after supper, they told him that he should not try to embarrass them with private things that were not his concern. John warned them that if he heard anything about his living arrangements again, he would keep bringing up the fact that his mom was pregnant when they got married.
They Were Angry
Although his parents were angry with him for telling them how to behave in their own home, John’s fiancée was relieved that they seemed to be off the subject for good. He only wanted to live in peace with his partner.
Respecting His Decision… Hopefully
John knew that his parents might never fully accept his living arrangement, but he hoped that they could at least respect his decision and focus on the positive aspects of their relationship.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “That was beautifully handled. You didn’t call them out and embarrass them. But you stood your ground. I did laugh out loud when you said where you got your blackmail information. Grandma had that in her pocket for a long time I’m guessing. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Merry Christmas and I hope you have a great New Year.”
More Internet Responses
Another person commented this opinion, “They persisted in their vocal rudeness. You had to take a stronger measure. You did it with finesse which got your point across and achieved your goal, which seems almost a Christmas miracle given their hypocrisy and lack of manners and self-awareness. Thanks to grandma, your parents got run over by the reindeer of truth at Christmas dinner. Hallelujah!!”
A Final Comment
This last person wrote, “Remember that first baby can come anytime after marriage, the rest take 9 months. It’s a saying generally in relation to births like your brother where a very big and healthy “premature” baby is born shortly after marriage. No one is fooled they are just polite enough to not mention anything.”
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