His Brother Asked Him to Look After His Son for the Afternoon, but When He Found Out What They’d Gotten up To, He Lost His Mind

A man recently wrote to an online forum to share a story about when his brother asked him to mind his child. The man and his family ensured it was a wholesome day, but when his brother found out what they did, he was livid.

Brother in town

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The man wrote, “My brother Michael is a single father to my eight-year-old nephew, David. He was in our city for a business meeting.”

Drifted apart

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We see each other for Christmas or big family events sometimes, but he’s quite a workaholic, so we don’t really talk much,” he added. “He dropped David off with us for a day since he had meetings the entire time.”

Happy family

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The man lives with his wife, Caroline. They have twins, Harold and Maeve, also aged eight. They were looking forward to seeing David and tried to make his visit as fun as possible.

Fun times

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The man and his wife planned some fun activities, including a mini pool party, a dance party, and playing some video games. In other words, it was a dream day for an 8-year-old.

Hitting the town

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Later that day, they all went to a restaurant in town and later shopped for a few gifts. He bought David and the kids a few items.

Job done

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The man and his family enjoyed their time with David. When Michael came to collect him later, he thanked them for taking care of his son, and they headed off.

Angry call

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The following week, the man got a call from Michael. He was furious that they had taken David for dinner without checking with him first. He also said that he couldn’t believe that the man had “acted inappropriately” in front of his son.

Totally mystified

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The man wracked his brain. He couldn’t understand how he had acted inappropriately in front of David. He asked his brother what he was talking about.

Loving husband

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Michael said that he objected to the man kissing and hugging his wife in front of David. He also said they had been too affectionate with his son.

Irrational worries

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His brother wasn’t finished. He said the idea of the family snuggling together on the couch to watch a Disney movie repulsed him. He told his brother that David would be a “man” and that his visit had confused his son.

Stunned into silence

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The man was lost for words. He didn’t think that there was anything wrong with how he acted. He informed Michael that if he wanted an apology, he’d have to wait a long, long time.

Was he in the right?

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The man was confused. He didn’t understand why his brother expected him to ask for permission to eat out or hug his wife. He turned to an online forum to ask for a second opinion.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “Your brother sounds unhinged. Nothing you did sounds inappropriate or not normal to do in front of kids. I mean, maybe you should have asked about his diet and what food he can have, but just wow to everything else.”

While another declared, “Poor David, to grow in such a frosty home that even snuggling an eight-year-old kid is deemed inappropriate. You did nothing wrong; you just showed the poor kid what an emotionally healthy home life looks like.”

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