The woman told Reddit how her husband left her and their newborn twins to fend for themselves as a swarm of wasps swooped their way – he saved her dog instead
Seconds after your child is born, most parents feel an overwhelming urge to protect their little one from harm, no matter what.
But a new father’s instant reaction to a crisis showed his accidental bias towards one particular family member, whom he saved before everyone else.
Taking to Reddit, an annoyed woman explained how her husband left her and their newborn twins to fend for themselves in the garden as a swarm of wasps rushed towards them.
She said: “My husband, Brent, and I have been together for seven years, married for two.
“We get on well, he’s a really nice man, even if things have been difficult since the twins, and after this incident, I question myself a lot.”
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Admitting the couple were struggling to keep up with house and garden work while trying to care for two babies and a dog, they decided to hire a professional gardener to help.
“I hired a woman Gina, who is in her mid-twenties, who had done work for my neighbors and was well reviewed,” she said.
“We decided to make a day out of it and had lunch there. The twins were in their playpen on a blanket, Gina and I were weeding and Brent was trimming.”
But while Brent was working on the other side of the garden, he accidentally disturbed a wasp nest, causing them to spring up in all directions.
She added: “Without telling us, he immediately walks past our children, grabs his dog (a small terrier) and rushes into the house, and locks the door.
“Thank goodness Gina had more presence of mind because while I was still trying to figure out what he was running from, she noticed the wasps were swarming and said ‘enter the shed’.
“We grabbed the babies and hid. We didn’t have a phone on us. We sat there for quite a while and we could see that the garden was full of wasps.
“I could see Brent looking out the window and I tried to mime him calling for help, but he didn’t seem to notice.”
After spending more than an hour camping in the shed with two screaming babies, an exterminator arrives and manages to rid the garden of wasps.
Meanwhile, her husband was relaxing inside the house with his dog, eating a sandwich he had made during the ordeal.
“It turned out that a neighbor saw what happened and called the exterminator,” she added.
“I’m livid. How could he walk past our kids and lock us out of the house?
“If I had been alone in the garden, I would not have been able to carry the two babies and unlock the door to the shed at the same time.
“It’s a miracle no one got stung.
“I was fuming about it and he claims it was just an emergency response, but it’s almost worse for me. His emergency response is to abandon his wife and kids.”
While most users condemned her husband for his reaction, others urged the woman to take a deep look into her marriage.
One user said: “Maybe he can’t be blamed for his instinct to rush around the house. What he can be blamed for is just standing there and doing nothing.
“I know personal anecdotes aren’t science, but when I was a baby my dad walked through a swarm of wasps to get to me.
“Most parents I know are willing to risk serious injury to protect their family, or at the very least their children.
“I don’t know the exact situation, of course, but I’m surprised he didn’t put on a long jacket and long pants and then tried to run to the shed with a phone to make sure everyone was fine and call for help.
“Most parents I know would go crazy from stress at home not knowing if everyone was okay.”
Another user added: “This is so terrifying! I can’t imagine why anyone would do something like this. It’s not even remotely normal.
“Even though he had a crazy flight response, the fact that he locked the door and sat down with a sandwich instead of doing anything helping his wife and children is absolute madness.
“You have every right to be angry. And you have every right to question your marriage to this man.
“Have you spoken to him about all this? It’s the first thing to do. I would like to know what possible reasoning he could have had in his head that would justify putting you and your babies in such danger.
“If those wasps had taken your children, they could have died. Without exaggeration, he could have killed your babies. He must understand how serious this situation is.
“And, because it bothers me, what did he think locking the door would do? Was he afraid the wasps would coordinate their efforts to turn the handle?”
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