A woman was going on vacation with her husband, but her mother-in-law found out and demanded to go, too. She said no, but her husband ended up buying his mother a ticket without her permission!
An Unhealthy Competition
OP (Original Poster) is a 30-year-old woman. Since she met her husband’s family, she hadn’t been able to get along with her mother-in-law, who always compared the two of them together for some reason.
One day, OP said that all of this changed. Her mother-in-law went from not liking anything about her to praising her for everything she did.
She even started copying OP’s style!
Not My Fault
It got so bad that her mother-in-law even colored her hair purple, like OP. Everyone told her it was ridiculous, making OP’s mother-in-law blame her for the style choice and say she was intentionally trying to “make a joke” out of her.
A Special Opportunity
Recently, OP and her husband have been planning a two-week vacation out of the country. OP saved up for the trip while her husband booked the tickets for the airplane ride and hotel stay.
Can’t Be Left Out
OP’s mother-in-law found out about it and threw a tantrum. She demanded they take her with them when they go, but OP said no.
After being told no, OP’s mother-in-law called them, texted them, and sent people to convince OP. She even threatened OP and her husband, saying she would call the police if OP and her husband left without taking her so that they couldn’t go on their trip.
Enough of This
OP’s husband spoke on behalf of his mother, saying that he wouldn’t go because his mom couldn’t go. However, OP had had enough and told him she would “gladly call his bluff,” and it worked.
Taking Care of Business
Having been pressured by his wife, OP’s husband said, “Fine! I will tell her to stop it because we won’t take her.”
OP thought that was the end of the problem, but that was just the beginning.
Something Is Amiss
Things had gotten quiet—too quiet—for OP. The day of their departure came, and they both got ready to leave the airport at 2 PM.
This was when things started to go oh so wrong.
Oh, You Again!
OP noticed her husband was acting strange at the airport, and he kept looking around as if he was waiting for someone to show up. She asked him what was going on, but he didn’t answer.
As he led her to the baggage area, she saw her mother-in-law standing there with her luggage and ready to go.
Is This a Joke?
OP said she could feel a cold sensation spread over her as her temper flared. Her husband and mother-in-law were hugging, and it was enough for OP to grab her things and leave.
She knew this was deliberate!
Trying to Make Things Right
As OP was leaving the airport, her husband followed and shouted for her to stay. When he tried to stop OP, she told him off in the harshest manner she could think of.
Why So Serious?
OP’s husband tried to say she was overreacting, and since his mom had been there “anyway,” they should all go. Her husband told her not to ruin the trip, and she told him to go on vacation with his mother and to enjoy himself.
Hello, My Only Friend
She went straight home, canceled the trip at the last minute, and spent some time crying to her dog. It turned out that her husband had already bought his mother a ticket, which he kept a secret from her.
All My Fault
Her husband screamed at her when he got home an hour later and called her “spiteful” and “pathetic.” OP fired back, saying that it was all her husband’s fault this happened, even while he accused OP of being too hard on his mom to the point where it was “ridiculous.”
A Step Too Far
Her husband wouldn’t let it go, and he kept berating her and even called her family to tell them that OP had canceled the trip minutes before they were supposed to leave.
OP’s family told her that she shouldn’t have ruined the vacation for herself just because his mom would be coming and that she should’ve “sucked it up” and done her best to enjoy the vacation anyway.
What the Community Has to Say
Redditors had a lot to say about this article. Most of it focused on the relationship between OP and her husband.
One Redditor said, “I don’t wanna call the divorce card but get a divorce. You told your boundaries, and you said no. She crossed it. Your husband told you he would tell her no. He lied. He tried to pin you in a corner by not saying anything and bringing her anyway and got upset you refused to be a part of his little trap? And then to berate you? He’s not a good man. He needs to go. Not the a**hole.”
Another Redditor pointed out, “Not the a**hole. He gave you an ultimatum, and no loving partner would ever put you in that position. He’s a mummy’s boy, and she’s manipulative and toxic. You have every right to enjoy a holiday with your husband without them behaving like children. You did the right thing. The next right thing to do is leave. He doesn’t respect you.”
Second to His Mom
A lot of Redditors not only sided with OP but urged her to reconsider her marriage to “a momma’s boy.”
“Not the a**hole. Hubby lied to you and put his mother before you? I’d be looking to get out of that marriage. That would be a deal breaker for me,” one Redditor pointed out.
Gaslighting Like a Pro
Many commenters also pointed out that OP was being gaslit hard, not only by her husband but also by her entire family.
One user said, “He’s gaslighting you. You know the truth, and he’s telling you that you’re wrong. He’s trying to make you doubt yourself. It’s a kind of abuse.”
“Bingo. He’s got everyone in her life involved in her abuse. She doesn’t know which way is up anymore. Everyone is gaslighting her to believe that she is somehow the problem here,” added another Redditor.
Do you think OP was right to cancel the trip? Was she overreacting?
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This post first appeared as She Walked Out of the Airport and Canceled Her Much-Awaited Vacation Because Her Husband Secretly Bought Her Nosy Mother-In-Law a Ticket. Now He’s “Berating” Her, Saying She’s “Pathetic” and “Spiteful!” on Quote Ambition.