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Mom Of Two Throws Away Husband’s Father’s Day Gifts After He Ruins Mother’s Day Weekend

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Some people need to be constantly reminded that the world doesn’t revolve around them.

That being said, we’re all entitled to a few days where we can expect to be celebrated and/or waited on.

These include momentous occasions, such as a graduation or promotion, a birthday, an anniversary and, of course, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

So, when people don’t pull out all the stops, or worse yet, don’t do anything on these days, it’s more than reasonable to be a little disappointed.

Redditor StatisticianClear106 had grown to level her expectations when it came to Mother’s Day, after her husband failed to make much of a to do about it.

However, this year the original poster (OP)’s husband promised it would be different and memorable.

While the OP’s Mother’s Day did, indeed, prove to be memorable, her husband did not live up to his promise.

Leading the OP to alter everything she had planned for her husband on Father’s Day.

Wondering if she was unreasonable for doing so, the OP took to the subReddit “Am I the A**hole” (AITA), where she asked fellow Redditors:

“AITA for throwing away my husband’s father’s day gifts after what he did on mother’s day?”

The OP explained how her Mother’s Day experience prompted her to significantly alter planned Father’s Day surprises.

“My husband and I have 2 kids (6 year-old (yo) boy and 8mo girl).”

“He told me for two weeks leading up to mothers day that he had an entire weekend planned for me.”

“This is NOT normal, but there’s been years in the past where I did complain and feel hurt because he didn’t really do much of anything for me on Mother’s Day but I always went all out for him on Father’s Day and I just felt unappreciated.”

“So I’m thinking that he finally understood where I was coming from and was going to make it special for me this year.”

“I quite literally ONLY asked for a massage and he repeatedly said that he couldn’t just give me a massage because it ‘wasn’t enough’.”

“So like.. idk.”

“At this point I’m truly thinking this man went all out.”

“Anyways, Friday rolls around and a bunch of people start showing up.”

“He invited a good 10-15 people over.”

“I think I knew 2 people.”

“He called it the ‘Mother’s Day bonfire’.”

“We had a fire alright, but I was the one who chased the kids around all evening (my 6 yo, while holding the baby, and some other persons 2 kids because they weren’t watching them) and quite literally no one spoke to me.”

“I wasn’t acknowledged until the very end of the evening and that was by my husband buddy who told me he was ‘stealing’ my husband to go out four wheeling.”

“It’s like 11pm at this point and everyone (except me) was drinking.”

“I said my husband wasn’t going anywhere.”

“I even said this to my husband.”

“‘You’re drinking, you’re not going anywhere’.”

“He took that as a ‘oh, I need to find a DD and then I can go’.”

“So, he asked the neighbor to drive him around and took off with everyone.”

“I’m extremely hurt at this point because this was my promised weekend and I got stuck with other people’s kids, wasn’t spoken to at all, had a mess to clean up and now my husband is taking off.”

“I explain how hurt I am the next morning.”

“He says he gets it and apologizes and says he just had too much to drink and wasn’t really thinking clearly.”

“Okay, I get it.”

“It’s whatever.”

“We didn’t do anything Saturday because he spent half the day sleeping off a hangover.”

“Well, yesterday rolls around and his boss calls him at 6am and asks him to come in to work because they are short staffed and he said yes?”

“So I expressed hurt and said ‘but it’s Mother’s Day’.”

“And he says ‘I know, I’m sorry, I just don’t want to pass up the opportunity for more hours’.”

“Which, I get that too.”

“So, whatever.”

“He gets home at 5pm and starts getting the kids dressed and ushered toward the door so I’m thinking we are finally going to celebrate.”

“We end up going on a walk (I love walking) but 5 minutes in and he’s complaining and has us turn around because of the black flies (they weren’t even bad).”

“So again, I’m disappointed.”

“When we get back home he lays down on the couch and says ‘oh your gift is in the truck’.”

“So I go down and it’s a $5 storage container for sugar/flour.”

“I do like stuff like this but I’m so hurt at this point.”

“I asked him if I could at least get a massage and he says ‘I’m sorry babe, I’m just so tired’ and falls asleep around 8pm when he usually doesn’t even go to bed until midnight/1am.”

“I just sat there crying.”

“I took the 3 gifts that I already bought him for Father’s Day and chucked them in the trash can.”

“Personalized items that cost me more than I want to admit but I don’t even care anymore.”

“He found them in the garbage this morning and asked me what they were and why they were in the trash covered in food and I told them they were his father’s day gifts and left it at that.”

“He’s now saying that he ‘tried’ to make my weekend special and that he’s hurt by me throwing away his gifts to retaliate against him for it not turning out the way he wanted it to.”


Fellow Redditors weighed in on where they believed the OP fell in this particular situation, by declaring:

  • NTA: Not the A**hole
  • YTA: You’re the A**hole
  • ESH: Everybody Sucks Here
  • NAH: No A**holes Here

The Reddit community was in agreement that the OP was not the a**hole for throwing out her husband’s Father’s Day presents.

Everyone agreed that the OP’s husband was in no way worthy of any sort of Father’s Day celebration after the way he treated her, with many even going so far as to urge the OP to question if staying in this marriage was a good idea.


“But please, for the love of everything…stop making excuses.”

“‘He said he drank too much. okay i get it’.”

“‘He said, i just don’t want to pass on hours. I get it’.”

“Sit him down and tell him what an utter disappointment this mothers day was because all he did was do things that HE wanted and what were fun for HIM.”

“That he left you with children to wrangle that weren’t even yours, on a day that should be celebrating you while he did things that he wanted to do.”- Scary-Cycle1508


I”s he always like this?”

“Because then stop having more kids with this guy.”- Trailsya

“He wanted a drinking party, and used mother’s day weekend as an excuse, and you as a free babysitter.”

“Also, drinking, being late at night, and four wheeling do not mix well.”

“Your husband wanted to have fun on what he was calling your weekend, and he made damn sure he got to have it.”

“He invited a dozen strangers to your home for a late night bonfire where they’d be drinking.”

“It wasn’t being drunk that was the problem.”

“After dumping a bunch of kids on you and drunk four wheeling Friday, sleeping off his hangover on Saturday, and then working most of Sunday, he couldn’t even spend an hour with you.”

“And then the finale to this sh*tty mother’s day weekend is a $5 container that he probably picked up from a dollar store on the way home.”

“He couldn’t even spend an hour with you doing something nice.”

“It was pretty much you taking care 3 children all weekend, along with someone else’s kids on Friday.”

“I’m glad you threw them away.”


“Stop going all out for him on father’s day.”

“If he’s not putting in effort for you, why should you put in effort for him.”- YomiKuzuki


“But why are you staying with this fool?”

“He does not respect you or love you.”

“You deserve better.”- Druid_High_Priest

“Soo, for Father’s Day you need to hype up that you have something special planned.”

“Really lay it on.”

“Say he just needs to be home at X time ready for anything.”

“Meanwhile you are also scheduling something for you without the kids.”

“A movie, that massage, going out to coffee with a friend.”


“And when that time arrives you hand the baby off and kiss hubs on the cheek and say cya in a few hours and go.”

“After all, Father’s Day should be about a father spending time with his children.”

“NTA.”- MissMurderpants

“He tried to make a nice Mother’s Day?”

“He failed to make a nice Mother’s Day!”

“NTA I mean, nobody owes us anything but his thoughtless behavior goes too far.”

When it comes to showing affection and appreciation, one doesn’t always need to do so with physical presents.

“It’s the thought that counts”, as the saying goes.

Seeing as the OP’s husband was almost completely thoughtless in his Mother’s Day plans, it’s hard to argue that he doesn’t deserve any appreciation at all.

And if he doesn’t clean up his act, there’s a very good chance that it won’t just be his Father’s Day presents that end up in the garbage…

Written by John Curtis

A novelist, picture book writer and native New Yorker, John is a graduate of Syracuse University and the children's media graduate program at Centennial College. When not staring at his computer monitor, you'll most likely find John sipping tea watching British comedies, or in the kitchen, taking a stab at the technical challenge on the most recent episode of 'The Great British Baking Show'.