Man Abandons Wheelchair-Bound Wife at In-Law's Home to Attend Party

Gillian Sisley

Is there ever a valid excuse to leave your spouse behind when you promised to take them with you?

Marriage has a reputation for not being an easy relationship to maintain, and a lot of married couples will agree that it takes active work and intention to make it last in the long run.

With that said, a major factor in a healthy marriage is recognizing that the relationship is a partnership. One partner should not be out for themselves, and should always consider their spouse before making major decisions, especially if it will affect their spouse in a notable way.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a wife is left at her mother-in-law's house while her husband abandons her to attend a party without her.

Is there ever a valid excuse to leave your spouse behind when you promised to take them with you?

A Reddit post published on June 1st, reported on by Ashley Gale from Newsweek, has gone viral with 8,500 upvotes and 1,400 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that she has been in a wheelchair since 2019. She relies on her husband heavily to be able to get from place to place, and is still adapting to living life as a wheelchair user.

With that said, for some time now, the husband has been dropping his wife off at her mother-in-law's home and then disappearing for several hours. She clarifies that she has no issue with her mother-in-law, but she doesn't like having to be out of her own home for long periods of time, and when her husband has gone out he won't answer her calls or texts.

Most recently, the author and her husband were invited to a friend's engagement party and she made it clear she wanted to go. However, the husband told her it would be best if she stayed with his mother until he got back from the party. The author responded that she'd much rather stay home than go to his mother's place, and that was when he begrudgingly said that he would take her to the party.

However, on the day of the party, the husband stopped by his mom's house and dropped his wife off there. When she asked why they were at her mother-in-law's house instead of the party, her husband said that there was still an hour before the event and he wanted to get some work done, and that he would come back to get her before the party.

Is it ever okay for a spouse to lie to their partner about their plans?

However, an hour went by and her husband had still not come to pick her up. She waited 3 hours only to figure out that her husband had lied about taking her to the party, and had likely gone by himself.

The author ultimately called her sister to pick her up, and the author's sister stayed with her that night since her husband wouldn't pick up the phone at all. However, the next day the husband returned home and was upset that the author had left his mom's place without telling him. He then admitted that he'd gone to the party without her saying that it would have been ‘boring and uncomfortable’ for her, and explaining that he got too drunk and spent the night at a friend's place.

The author ultimately told her husband that his behavior had been unacceptable, but he told her she was acting ‘childish’ because it wasn't like he abandoned her in a public place. He also shamed her by saying that it was "trashy and classless" for her to get upset about him attending some 3-hour event without her.

What do you think? Was the author completely justified and being upset with her husband for dropping her off and going to the party without her? Or does the husband have the right to go to an event without his wife, considering her wheelchair seems to be such an inconvenience to him?

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