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A Reddit user took to the platform to share their recent experience of miscommunication and frustration with their spouse.
The author explained that they work in an environment where personal electronics are prohibited, including phones, smartwatches, and pagers. The author explains:
“I've been working here for about 6 months, so my wife knows about the [lack of personal electronics] and understands that she should not try to contact me by my cell at work. Phones are dropped off in our lockers and I typically have mine on Do Not Disturb. Before this incident, my phone has never gone off in the locker before. Recently, there was a pretty big fire at a secondary worksite that I do work at occasionally, but that day I was working at the main building. Local news covered the fire before I found out about it because, again, no electronics, plus the work we do isolates us a bit so news travels pretty slowly. There were a few casualties, a lot of seriously injured folk.”
The author was unaware of the fire until they were called into their manager's office, being reprimanded for their phone making continuous noise in their locker. He continues:
“My wife had been watching the news from home and started freaking out, I guess. She called me 20 freaking times. In the middle of my shift, I got called into my manager's office and was chewed out for my phone making so much noise.”
The author returned his wife’s call, but was frustrated about the situation:
“I called her back and she was sobbing and asking me if I was okay. I said, “Of course I was okay” and asked what was wrong with her to call me so many times. She was still crying and started talking about the fire. After that, I started half-yelling at her about all the reasons it was dumb of her to call me.”
According to the Army & Navy Academy, open and honest communication is crucial in resolving conflicts and preventing misunderstandings. By doing so, one can avoid exacerbating a situation and instead foster an environment where both partners feel supported and heard, as suggested by Wellbeing Therapy Space.
Upon returning home, the author found his wife upset and emotionally distant, as he concludes with:
“When I got home she was super upset with me. I apologized for yelling, but she refused to talk. She's been very chilly the past few days and sleeping in our daughter's room. I know it was not the best decision to yell at her but I still think my anger justified. 1) she knows I don't work in the secondary worksite very often. 2) she knows that I can't be contacted directly and she could have just called the office. 3) 20 calls is absolutely *insane*.”
What do you think?
Was the author justified to have yelled at his wife for trying to call him at work after hearing there was a fire at one of his worksites, since she disrupted things and got him in trouble?
Or was the author a cruel and horrible husband to have yelled at his wife after she was concerned about his safety, and he deserves the silent treatment for being upset with her?
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