Richard, a loving father to his 11-year-old daughter Polly, found himself embroiled in a rather distressing situation. This revolved around his upcoming wedding to his then-fiancée Sharon, whom he had been with for a good five years.
A Wedding Proposal Turned Nightmare
Richard, a 45-year-old man, had been in a previous relationship, ending in an amicable divorce and a joint custody agreement over Polly.
Eventually, he crossed paths with Sharon, who hit it off with Polly from the get-go. After half a decade together, Richard decided to propose, filling Sharon with excitement and setting the wedding planning process into motion.
A Dark Twist in the Wedding Plans
Sharon dove into the preparations, looking at potential venues and asking her friends to be bridesmaids. Everything was going swimmingly until Sharon expressed her desire for her niece to be the flower girl.
Without any objections, Richard added that he wished for Polly to also be a flower girl. Sharon, however, looked at Richard strangely and dismissed the idea, arguing that Polly wouldn’t “fit the part.”
Father vs. Fiancée
Taken aback, Richard stood his ground, firmly stating that his daughter would be part of their wedding.
Sharon became upset and claimed that the decision about the girls in the wedding was hers alone and that Polly wouldn’t be included.
Ultimatum Over a Flower Girl
Richard countered that if Polly wasn’t in the wedding, there might not be a wedding at all! He stormed out, leaving Sharon behind, and went to get ice cream with Polly.
Ice Cream and Cute Conversations
During their outing, Polly, who was aware of the upcoming wedding, innocently remarked that she would look pretty in whatever dress Sharon chose for her.
The Text that Ended It All
This statement struck a chord in Richard, who promptly texted Sharon that he’d be staying at a friend’s place to think things over.
His soon-to-be mother-in-law chimed in via text, accusing Richard of overreacting and asserting that Polly didn’t need to be in the wedding. She called him a jerk for threatening to cancel the ceremony.
Was He At Fault?
This left Richard in a state of confusion. Was he overstepping by insisting on Polly’s involvement in the wedding? Or was he merely standing up for his daughter?
He wondered if he had crossed a line by suggesting he might cancel the wedding over this dispute.
A Startling Turn of Events
Well, things all came to a head a day later when Richard went to talk to Sharon.
Richard arrived home, only to find his future mother-in-law parked in the driveway. Not wanting to engage, he slipped inside the house to find Sharon sitting quietly at the kitchen table.
Richard knew they needed to discuss their recent argument, so he joined her.
A Question With a Shocking Answer
He asked her one simple question, “Why does Polly not fit the part, and why don’t you want her in the wedding at all?” What Sharon said next stunned him.
Sharon’s Hidden Agenda
She told him that she had hoped he would become a “holiday visit only” dad after they married!
She didn’t want Polly in the wedding or in their family photos because she thought Polly wouldn’t be around much!
The Engagement Ring Return
Surprisingly, Richard kept his calm. He took Sharon’s hand, removed his engagement ring, and gave it back to her. Sharon started to cry.
Was It Too Little, Too Late?
She said they shouldn’t end their relationship because of this and promised she could change. But Richard told her it was too late.
He asked her to move out by the next week. She could take her furniture when Polly wasn’t home.
Angry, Sharon left the house. Soon after, the mother-in-law knocked on the door and said Richard was being unreasonable!
Richard’s Meaningful Choice
Richard was shocked. He couldn’t believe Sharon wanted him to see Polly only a few times a year. He couldn’t imagine giving up time with his daughter.
Putting Family First
He was supposed to be going to Hawaii for his and Sharon’s honeymoon – now he was planning to take Polly.
Even though it was tough, Richard was glad he put his daughter first.
Redditors were shocked by Sharon’s behavior and praised Richard’s decision to prioritize his daughter.
One user said, “This was raw as hell. Absolutely no hesitation. Grade A dad, and I hope the best for him and his daughter. Oh, and I also hope Sharon steps on a Lego 5 times a day for the rest of her life.”
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