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Husband Struggles with Wife’s Strict Religious Fasting and Diet Rules.

The Original Poster (OP) wrestles with the clash between her religious dietary restrictions and her husband’s flippant disrespect of them, a conflict that crescendos when he indulges in her favorite food during her fasting periods. As OP grapples with the emotional toll of this ongoing struggle, her husband’s insensitive actions are revealed to be a misplaced form of rebellion against the lifestyle imposed by her faith. However, as the confrontation escalates, the story pauses on the precipice of a resolution, leaving readers pondering whether their marriage can endure this strain.

A Sacred Vow

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OP upholds certain religious dietary restrictions, embracing the discipline of not eating certain foods and fasting during specified times. Her devotion defines her life, yet it challenges her marriage. Her husband does not share or respect her dietary commitments.

An Irreverent Spouse

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OP’s husband disregards her religious practices and intentionally derides them. His mischievous act includes going to OP’s favorite restaurant, ordering her favorite dish, and eating it in front of her. This is a consistent behavior he finds amusing, much to her chagrin.

The Taste of Mockery

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The husband’s derision reaches its peak as he deliberately eats OP’s favorite meal in her presence during her fasting period. The sight of the meal stirs cravings within her, which are compounded by his insensitivity. She finds it difficult to reconcile her feelings of hunger.

Dismissed Concerns

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OP confronts her husband about his behavior, expressing her feelings of discomfort and frustration. However, he dismisses her, stating that she can eat if she wishes, undermining her religious discipline. He argues she’s overly sensitive.

An Attempt at Indifference

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To maintain her composure, OP attempts to brush off her husband’s intentional provocations. She fights against the grain of her feelings and tries to remain indifferent. But each time this scenario occurs, it becomes increasingly challenging to suppress her emotions.

Exit Stage

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To avoid further confrontation and stress, OP often leaves the room while her husband enjoys her favorite meal. This serves as a protective measure against her rising frustration. Yet, her departure only fuels her husband’s argument about her being too sensitive.

Surprise Visit

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One day, OP’s close friend visits and brings OP’s favorite dish, unaware of her fast. The sight of the food triggers her longing, making fasting more challenging. This unintentional event parallels her husband’s deliberate taunts.

An Unexpected Ally

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OP’s friend notices her discomfort and asks about it, leading OP to share her fasting struggles and her husband’s insensitive behavior. The friend sympathizes with OP and expresses disapproval of the husband’s actions. A surprising alliance is formed.

A Bold Stand

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OP’s friend decides to confront the husband about his behavior. She shares her understanding of OP’s feelings and explains his hurtful actions. The husband reacts with surprise, having his behavior called out by an outsider.

A Temporary Pause

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The husband, taken aback by the confrontation, ceases his behavior for a while. He refrains from his prior actions, offering OP some respite during her fasting periods. Yet, OP senses this change might be temporary.

The Return of the Habit

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Just as OP feared, her husband reverts to his old ways. He again orders her favorite food and eats it in front of her during one of her fasting episodes. His rudeness seems to have grown even stronger.

An Unexpected Admission

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When confronted, the husband admits that he struggles with the dietary restrictions imposed by OP’s religion. He confesses that his actions are a form of rebellion against what he perceives as an imposition on their shared life.

A Painful Realization

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OP realizes that her husband’s actions are not just cruel jests but manifestations of his own struggles. She understands his resentment but is hurt that he chose to mock her beliefs rather than communicate openly.

Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts her story online for feedback. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “I will never understand how someone can say they love you, then go out of their way to torment you, and somehow make it your fault. Unbelievable.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “The issue doesn’t seem to be eating when you can’t. It’s the fact that he is purposely taunting you. He doesn’t respect you, your culture, or your religion.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “Not only does he disrespect your religious beliefs, he gets his jollies from eating your favorite dishes in front of you when you’re fasting. I’d think long and hard about your future with this man.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “Why are you with a man who doesn’t take your deeply held religious beliefs seriously? It sounds like he’s trying to convince you to give it up. Did he get together with you thinking he could convert you?”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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