Devout Christian parents live in denial that she’s a happily married woman. They maintain the farce that she’s single instead of acknowledging she’s with someone they don’t approve of. She’s done playing along! Plus one or she’s done!
Raised in a Devoutly Christian Home
The Original Poster (OP) is a 25-year-old married woman who was raised in a devoutly Christian home.
She Was at Odds With Her Mother
OP’s mother and she have been at odds with one another throughout her teenage and young adult life.
She Realized She’d Been Abused
It took OP until she was 18 years old to recognize that her mother had been emotionally abusing her and was using every trick in the book from guilt-tripping to gas lighting to keep OP around.
She Broke Free!
However OP broke free and when she was 22, she wed a non-Christian man.
Plus, he had tattoos, which was obviously against OP’s parents’ religion.
He Was Not the Son-in-Law They Wanted
OP’s parents have treated them like children since the day they were married out of resentment that OP’s husband is not the stereotypical Southern Christian gentleman they had in mind for OP.
For the Family
Despite being fully conscious of their mute disapproval, OP and her husband were willing to make an effort to make things work for “family’s sake.”
But things didn’t work out and OP left and had no contact with her parents for a while.
Mother’s Day Brought Hope
OP saw a glimmer of light when her father invited her to a Mother’s Day lunch recently.
No Chair at the Table for Her Hubby!
OP and her husband traveled three hours to lunch, only to learn that he wasn’t included in the reservation. OP was furious.
But He’s Always With Me!
OP mentioned that her husband always attends lunch invitations to which she is invited.
There was nothing in the text her father sent her that indicated OP’s husband couldn’t join for Mother’s Day lunch.
Her Husband Just Dropped Her Off
OP’s husband left her off at the meal as he respected their revolting decision.
As If It’s Normal
OP’s family handled the situation as if nothing were amiss.
Elephant In the Room!
The small talk began as soon as she sat down. Her mother was talking about booking a cruise, and OP was shocked that this huge elephant in the room isn’t being addressed.
OP conveyed her astonishment and annoyance that they left her husband off the bill when it was texted.
Her mother supplied the justification that the daughter of one of her closest friends had spent Mother’s Day apart from her husband, which she felt was lovely.
Not Like Other Families!
OP immediately called her out, saying “Since when do we just follow other family dynamics and assume that we are going to copy them.”
Mom’s Plays the Victim!
Then her mother attributed OP’s father’s lack of communication. Her mother began to act like the victim, complaining that she didn’t have access to OP’s current address or phone number.
She Was Told She Was Childish
Then she made it clear that she couldn’t imagine treating OP like an adult because OP had given her so much grief during her adolescence and the no-contact period.
A part of OP wants to mend the connection, but a different part of OP doesn’t want to grant her mother the privilege of getting what she wants or give her the approval to do so.
Adult-to-Adult Conversation Only
OP thought about why she should speak with her mother when she doesn’t respect OP as an adult.
Back to No Contact
Now OP is thinking about simply going back to “no contact” because her life was less stressful when she was just being herself and refusing to fall for her mother’s manipulations.
Should She Reconnect?
OP took to Reddit to ask if she is wrong for not wanting to connect with her mother.
Redditors showed their support for OP and said that she was not wrong.
They’re So Judgemental
One Reddit user wrote, “You’re entitled to your feelings. We don’t owe our parents anything just as our children don’t owe us anything. Their own decision to disrespect their spouse based on looks and not the actual character he has or the way he treats them is their choice. They sound judgmental and I don’t blame you here.”
It’s Not Fixable
Another Redditor commented, “Why would you want to fix this?? She sounds manipulative AF. Go be happy with your actual family, your husband, and leave behind all that toxicity.”
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