A Woman Says She Can’t Forgive Her Husband for Incorrectly Using Her Favorite Storage Containers – Is She Being Petty?

A woman married to a chronically forgetful man recently questioned if she could forgive him after he carelessly used her favorite dry-food containers to store wet leftovers. Here’s what the long-suffering wife had to say.

He Was Extremely Forgetful

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The woman married found herself in an unexpected predicament with her consistently forgetful husband. 

She loved him dearly and often forgave his mistakes born out of forgetfulness. Still, a recent incident had her questioning whether she was justified in her annoyance or was simply overreacting.

She Loved Storage Solutions

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“We got married in November. One of our wedding gifts was those clear Oxo Pop storage containers. I’ve wanted those since I got my first apartment,” the wife confessed.

Being a person who easily got overwhelmed by looking at too many different things at once, these containers were a way for her to keep the pantry tidy and visually pleasing. 

She Gave Instructions

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Given her excitement and intention to make them last, the new wife carefully explained to her husband that these containers were for storing dry food only and were not to be used for refrigeration or freezing.

Her husband agreed and promised to comply.

They Weren’t Tupperware

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However, the couple was forced to store the new containers on their Tupperware shelf due to a lack of cupboard space in their small kitchen.

The wife ensured that her husband understood the distinction between the Tupperware and the Oxo Pop containers. Though it worried her when he occasionally referred to them as Tupperware, he reassured her that he was aware of their proper use.

He Forgot

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To the woman’s horror and surprise, she opened the fridge one day to find leftover spaghetti stored in one of the Oxo containers. 

Disappointed, she called out to her husband, reminding him of the container’s intended use. His response was a casual apology and an admission that he had simply forgotten. 

He Was Dismissive

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The wife continued, “I say something to the effect of “How could you forget? I tell you all the time”. He comes out of his office. He starts talking about how he forgot; it was just a mistake. Let it go.”

This elicited further frustration from the wife, who felt that he was dismissing her feelings over the matter, one which was important to her.

He Felt Nagged

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The husband perceived her insistence on discussing the matter as having the instructions “drilled into him,” while she only saw it as her trying to communicate her feelings. 

His defensiveness and excuses, coupled with what seemed to be a lack of remorse, left her feeling upset. 

He Took It To Heart

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The wife was then accused of being deliberately unkind, with her husband getting upset because he believed she was pressing the point because she wanted him to feel bad about his forgetfulness.

This wasn’t her intention at all, leaving her feeling ignored and misunderstood. She was perturbed by what she saw as wanton carelessness rather than her partner’s usual forgetfulness.

Was She Petty?

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Considering that they were arguing about storage containers, the woman did feel a bit silly and wondered if she was being petty. But his careless and unapologetic response had left her feeling like she couldn’t forgive him for taking her important request so lightly.

Unsure, she decided to ask the internet for advice, posting her story online to get an outside opinion on the matter.

Internet Users Responded

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One user said, “NTA. He didn’t forget. He decided it was ok or that your rule was silly. It’s probably not the first time he has ‘forgotten’ something important to you, and you’re made to feel like you’re being trivial. You aren’t. You’re allowed to have boundaries. He just doesn’t like them.”

Another wrote, “Start therapy now- I’m serious! After years of this kind of thing, habits and hurt add up, and then you’re in a different situation. Couples therapy is life-changing.”

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