A man who was visiting his extremely religious parents over the holidays has been shamed for ‘embarrassing them’ after they harassed him about his personal lifestyle. He has turned to Reddit to find out whether or not he was in the wrong for putting them on the spot.
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The author, a professional nurse practitioner, will be getting married this summer. His fiancee is currently completing her residency, and they live together.
That said, the author describes his parents as ‘super religious’, and they can’t seem to get over the fact that he and his fiancee are ‘living in sin’ by cohabitating under the same roof.
Research from the United States Census Bureau shows that in 2018, of those between the ages of 18-24, 9% lived with an unmarried partner. Married couples living together, however, counted for only 7%.
The author his parent’s conduct in his post:
“At dinner my mom starts going on about how she is so glad that we are finally getting married and she won't be embarrassed at church any more. My fiancee was getting embarrassed and I was getting mad over this stupid argument we have had too many times. And a family dinner was the last straw.”
The author then decided to play a psychological game with his parents, and brought up a premature baby from work. He then mentioned his oldest brother who was apparently ‘almost four months premature’.
His parents were immediately shocked by this, and quickly changed the subject, because they got pregnant with their oldest child ‘out of wedlock’. Only, they didn’t realize the author knew about it, as his grandfather had told him privately.
They later pulled the author aside and shamed him for ‘embarrassing’ them by talking about ‘private things’ in front of others. He, however, retorted with:
“I told them that if I heard anything about my living arrangements ever again for the rest of my life I would make sure to keep bringing up the FACT that my mom was in her second trimester when they got married.”
It isn’t uncommon for parents to deal with their children having differing life values from their own, as explained by Very Well Family. In these cases, it’s important to recognize that differences of opinion are a part of life, and that respect should be at the foundation of every healthy relationship.
What do you think?
Was the author entirely justified to call out his parents’ hypocrisy, considering they became pregnant out of wedlock, which is looked down upon by the church?
Or was it wrong to bring up such an embarrassing family secret in front of his fiancee, and he should have pretended he never knew about it?
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