A wife's decision to skip her husband's celebration dinner due to limited menu options that didn't align with her “picky” eating habits has caused online outrage. Some are calling her “selfish” for not putting her husband's big moment first and even questioning her love for her husband.
A wife took to Reddit to share her husband's recent promotion news after working hard for the past two years to advance at his company.
“I'm really, really proud of him,” she declares. “His parents are too”.
Treating Family to Special Dinner
Filled with happiness, the husband wanted to take his wife and family out for a special dinner to celebrate his achievement.
Food Preferences Clash
Although the husband is a big fan of prime rib and picked the only restaurant in his area that serves it, his wife isn't too keen on steak and usually prefers chicken or fish.
Before heading out, the wife checked the restaurant's menu and discovered that the options were limited. Unfortunately, the available fish and chicken entrees didn't appeal to her for “various reasons.”
Wife Wants “A More Accommodating Menu”
She suggested that they choose a different restaurant so everyone could find something to eat, but her husband refused, arguing that they rarely get to dine at this particular place.
However, the wife pointed out that other restaurants in the area offer more variety and cater to everyone's tastes.
A Solution to Limited Menu
In an effort to find a compromise, the husband suggested asking the restaurant if they could prepare the fish or chicken without any marinades or sauces.
This solution didn’t appeal to the wife, as she “didn't want to be difficult for the kitchen staff.”
What about A Dessert-First Dinner?
The husband came up with another solution, suggesting that his wife order dessert while everyone else ate their entrees. Once they finished, he would take her to the restaurant of her choice to have her dinner while he and the kids enjoyed their dessert.
Compromise Isn't Enough
Despite her husband's best efforts to find a solution, the wife ultimately decided not to go to the restaurant because she didn't want to sit there without food and not enjoy herself while everyone else ate.
Although the wife refused to go to the restaurant, her husband still wanted to celebrate his achievement with his loved ones, so he went to the restaurant and returned with the kids over an hour later, all of them carrying to-go boxes.
“Bad Spot with the Kids”
The husband didn't want to lie or say anything negative about their mother, but he didn't know what to tell the kids when they asked why she didn't come with them to the restaurant.
As a result, he ordered food to go and let the kids spend time with their grandparents in the parking lot.
When the wife told her husband that he should have stayed with her instead of going to the restaurant, he responded that she had put him in a tough position with the kids and that she should have put aside her “picky eating” for one night.
The wife believes that if the husband wanted them all to dine together, he should have chosen a restaurant with a wider range of options to cater to everyone's tastes.
Seeking validation for her stance, she turned to the online community for advice, only to be met with harsh criticism and little support.
“He's the man of the evening, makes perfect sense he gets to eat his favourite thing,” one “YTA” voter stated.
“Frankly, if you dislike your husband this much, so much that you can't even bear a single dinner of less-than-ideal choices for the sake of giving him a stress-free spotlight to celebrate under, well... I wonder why you're with him at all.”
“You’re Just Picky”
Another commenter took a harsh stance and criticized the wife for being “picky” and making the situation all about her. They suggested that she should have simply eaten the steak on this rare occasion and not made a big deal out of it.
“You don’t have a food allergy, you’re just picky and love making this all about you. What an AH,” they wrote. “YTA, OP.”
“Selfish And A Poor Partner”
“Don’t lie. It wasn’t that there was nothing you could eat, there was nothing you WANTED. You also were too scared to ask the staff for a substitution. You basically told your family “My food preferences are more important than your feelings or supporting you.’” one Redditor expressed.
“THEN you left your husband in the awkward spot of having to try and lie for you. Because if he told everyone the real reason you missed the dinner they would be calling you an a..hole like this entire thread is.”
“You Deliberately Sabotaged Your Husband's Celebration Dinner”
Someone else called the wife out for “deliberately” sabotaging her husband's celebration dinner by using her food preferences as an “excuse.”
They suggested that she should have just eaten the steak, which she admitted to being able to eat, or at least asked for the chicken or fish without sauces.
The critical comments seemed to have an impact on the OP, who admitted that some were “harsh” but were a "kick in the pants".
The wife continued, “I've apologized profusely to my husband and I am going to take him to that restaurant this weekend and buy him some camping gear he's been eying as a start to making it up to him and changing course.”
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