A stressed-out mom took to Reddit recently to ask for opinions after she refused to drive her teenage daughter to her ex-husband’s wedding. This is the full story.
They’re a Good Team
OP is a 42-year-old single mother who lives with her 14-year-old daughter.
He Threw It All Away
OP and her 45-year-old husband have been divorced for 5 years after 20 years of marriage.
He was the love of her life, but he cheated on her and destroyed everything they had built.
They’re Keeping Secrets
Their daughter was 9 years old when OP and her husband split, and they didn’t tell her why they got divorced.
She still doesn’t know to this day, and OP isn’t ready to tell her.
Her ex doesn’t want to tell her at all.
He’s Marrying the Other Woman
But not only did OP’s ex cheat on her, he ended up in a long-term relationship with his affair partner!
They got engaged a year before OP told her story on Reddit, with the wedding just two weeks out.
He Wants Her There
After he got engaged, OP’s ex called her to ask if their daughter could attend the wedding.
The girl is really close to her dad and really likes his fiance, though of course she doesn’t know the full story of their relationship.
She Found the Middle Ground
OP is fine with her daughter attending her father’s wedding, but OP herself doesn’t want any part of it.
So she told her ex that their daughter could come as long as he picked her up and dropped her off at home after the ceremony.
She Was Thrilled
OP’s ex-husband agreed to those terms, and their daughter was thrilled to find out she would be able to go to the wedding.
He Needed a Favor
Then, two weeks out from the wedding, her ex called her up again, this time to ask for a “huge” favor.
It seems his in-laws were flying in on the morning of the wedding, so he had to pick them up from the airport.
She Couldn’t Stomach It
OP told her ex there was no way she was going to drive her daughter to his wedding.
She didn’t think she could handle seeing all the festivities and happy people that would just remind her of her loss.
Though of course she didn’t tell her ex all that.
He Was on His Own
But OP did offer other suggestions, like having him pick up their daughter the night before or having his fiance pick her up.
He had excuses why those ideas wouldn’t work, so OP just laughed and told him he’d have to figure it out on his own.
He Snitched on Her
OP thought the conversation was over, but her daughter came bounding down the stairs in tears 10 minutes later.
Her dad had called and told her about the situation.
She Doesn’t Understand
Now OP’s daughter thinks she’s trying to keep the girl away from her father.
And she wants to know why her mother can’t just take her to the wedding.
She Was Speechless
Of course, OP didn’t have a good answer for that other than trying to preserve her own feelings.
She’s the Villain
Now, not only is OP’s daughter upset, but her ex’s family is texting her, telling her how selfish she is.
OP’s own family understands her point of view, and they support her decision.
Now She’s Torn
But OP feels guilty for making her daughter so unhappy and wonders if she should just suck it up and drive the girl to her ex’s wedding.
She’s Completely Justified
Most Redditors think that OP is justified for setting her boundaries and sticking to them even when everyone is pressuring her.
Many don’t think it’s fair for the ex to even ask OP to drive her daughter to the wedding, especially considering how their marriage ended.
Maybe She Should Tell the Truth
Some advise OP to just level with her daughter and tell her that her dad cheated.
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