In a recent Reddit post, a user found herself at odds with her mother’s newfound dedication to her local Catholic community. Here’s what happened.
They Joined a Religious Community
Anna, a 21-year-old, and her parents recently joined a Catholic community in their local church
Her Parents Always Talked About Religion
Although she was initially happy for her parents, Anna feels increasingly suffocated by the constant talk of religion and the prioritization of church events over family gatherings.
The Bible Study
In the midst of this, she faced a challenging situation when her parents invited a friend from the church over for a bible study, and Anna was unexpectedly tasked with taking care of the friend’s 4-year-old child.
She Was Busy
Living with her parents, Anna leads a busy life, tutoring children, delivering food, and babysitting for family members. She willingly babysits for her family without receiving any payment, driven by her love for children.
She Felt Overwhelmed and Trapped
However, when her parents’ church friend expected her to look after her 4-year-old child during the bible study, Anna felt overwhelmed and trapped.
The Sexist Comments
The pressure was intensified when the mother of the child remarked about having nine kids and insinuated that a woman’s purpose was to give birth.
Then she went on to say, “Now, why aren’t you On The Path? All my daughters are on The Path, even my 22-year-old!”
She Felt Uncomfortable
Anna, who desires only two children in the future, felt uncomfortable and alienated by her comments.
The Child Woke Up
After a short moment of respite, the sleeping child suddenly woke up, and her mother called upon Anna to care for him. Caught off-guard and unfamiliar with the child, Anna felt conflicted.
On one hand, she sympathizes with the child who has developmental delays, but on the other, she wanted to enjoy her own personal time playing The Sims rather than being burdened with the responsibility of watching someone else’s child for hours while her parents partake in their bible study.
She Had Enough
Feeling cornered, Anna devised a plan to retreat to her room, attempting to lock the door to create some distance from the situation.
The Child Banged on the Door
The child, determined to be by Anna’s side, resisted, leading to a brief struggle between the two. Eventually, Anna managed to lock the door, and the child responded by banging on it vigorously.
The Child Had Gotten Revenge
Once the bible study concluded, Anna discovered to her dismay that the child had managed to peer through the door crack and had left a distasteful mess in the form of smeared poop on her door.
The incident left her feeling distressed and uncertain about her actions.
Her Family Criticized Her
In the aftermath of this chaotic situation, both Anna’s mother and grandmother approached her with criticism, asserting that she had abandoned the child, deeming her actions inappropriate.
She Didn’t Show Compassion?
They implied that Anna had not shown the compassion and understanding expected of her in their religious community.
Anna’s mother went further, stating that showing kindness and conformity, even if fake, is a small price to pay in exchange for everything they provide her, including a roof over her head.
She Felt Bad
As a result, Anna felt bad about what happened and she took to Reddit to ask whether she was in the wrong.
Online Community Voices Opinions
One Reddit user wrote, “No one should be told to babysit. Next time they have a gathering at the house, head on out the door and do some food delivery. At least you’d have some peace and quiet. And get paid.”
Another Redditor commented, “I’m a Catholic, and their treatment of you isn’t very Christian.”
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