This user and his wife had cared for his son and his son’s girlfriend since they were 16. Her parents kicked her out after discovering she was pregnant, but now they want to make amends!
OP (Original Poster) was shocked when his 16-year-old son, Josh, and his girlfriend, Chloe, told him and his wife that they were pregnant. He and his wife were upset and concerned, but they supported them however they could.
Not Everyone Is Happy
The pair decided to keep the baby and told OP and Chloe’s parents their decision. Chloe’s parents weren’t happy and decided to kick her out of the house and cut ties.
A Baby Coming
OP and his wife did everything they could to support the pair. They grew close to Chloe because they spent much time preparing her and their home for the new baby.
A Hard Road
After their daughter, Brynn, was born, they lived with OP and his wife until they had both turned 22. Due to the fact they were so young, OP and his wife had to help out a lot those first few years, making sure they got GEDs, went to tradeschool, etc.
We Made It
OP said the road was hard, but working together, they all made it work. During this time, they became very close to Chloe and considered her their daughter, now 25, and Brynn is 9.
A Surprising Message
Last year, Chloe’s parents reached out to her and Josh and apologized. They wanted to be back in their lives, and Josh and Chloe were hesitant but agreed to let them get to know Brynn.
Making It Up
The pair played the part of “overcompensating grandparents” who tried to pretend like no time had passed. OP didn’t mind; Brynn was safe, healthy, and loved, and he figured that was all that mattered.
OP said that Chloe’s parents have been stand-offish and cold towards him and his wife. They think they are jealous and insecure because Chloe and Brynn are close to OP and his wife.
To help alleviate the problem, OP and his wife reached out, setting up a time when Chloe’s parents could spend time with him, his wife, and Brynn.
It hadn’t worked and only led to continual rebuffs, so OP and his wife decided to be kind and polite for the sake of their kids.
A Joyous Occasion
Not that long ago, Josh and Chloe announced they were getting married. Chloe asked OP to walk her down the aisle with her biological dad because she’d love to have her “other dad” there, too.
A Heartfelt Moment
This request touched OP.
Chloe had always called him “Papa Sam” and his wife “Mama Carol.” He hadn’t expected she would take it this far and accepted her offer.
Trouble in Paradise
When Chloe’s dad found out, he was unhappy and accused OP of “encroaching on a precious moment” between him and his daughter. OP told him that until Chloe changed her mind, he would walk her down the aisle.
Time for Compromise
Chloe told OP that she didn’t want him to step down, but she wanted to find a way for both of her dads to walk her down the aisle. OP told her he would do whatever she wanted, and she was adamant that both of them should walk her.
Chloe’s mom asked OP to step down because Chloe, “of course,” wouldn’t ask him to. OP told her that if he did that, he would be just as big of a “deadbeat” as she and her husband had been to Chloe.
Fuel for the Fire
What OP said upset Chloe’s parents, who are angry about it. OP’s wife even accused him of fueling the drama and that he should step down, which he continues to refuse, saying that “unless Chloe asks,” he would not step down.
Redditors’ Two Cents
Redditors called out Chloe’s parents for how they had been and supported OP. A lot of commenters had harsh words for her parents.
The comment that resonated most with Redditors was, “Not the a**hole. He just doesn’t want to have to explain to people why Chloe is getting walked down the aisle by two people, and he’s trying to blackmail her with refusing to walk her down the aisle, and he’s throwing a temper tantrum now that you’re not abiding by his demands. Guys like this will probably cave in the end. He’s the kind of person who cares a lot about putting on a good face, and it’ll look even worse for him if he’s not even walking her down at all.”
Another top comment shared a similar feeling, saying, “Not the a**hole. Chloe’s parents are trash who do not deserve such a wonderful daughter and granddaughter. It is Chole’s choice, so you should always respect that. I would also suggest you be on guard as they will try to remove you and your wife’s voice in all the wedding planning and may try to agitate the whole situation, seeking to have you removed from the wedding.”
The Ceremony Must Go On
It was clear to most that OP was correct and that Chloe’s parents were unreasonable.
One Redditor said, “Not the a**hole. Chloe has said what she wants. It’s up to Chloe to enforce her wants and boundaries. Her parents don’t want to make a public display of their mistreatment of her. Well, that f****** sucks for them. They should’ve thought about that before they abandoned their daughter. Chloe is blessed to have you. Let these people choke on their shame. Congrats to your son and Chloe, as well as you and yours!”
Do you think OP is doing the right thing by standing his ground and respecting Chloe’s wishes? What else could he do to try and make the compromise that Chloe wants?
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