A woman wondered if she offended her husband’s family by serving macaroni and cheese.
She asked Reddit’s “Am I the A******? (AITA)” forum to weigh in. She just had a baby and has been too exhausted for visitors, including her in-laws. Her husband unexpectedly invited her in-laws over for dinner, and when he demanded she cook, she served them mac and cheese. Her husband’s side of the family was outraged.
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“My husband (Asian) and I (American) welcomed our firstborn four weeks ago. The baby is healthy (thank God), but I’m exhausted, haven’t fixed my hair, [am] barely able to shower and cannot sleep. My husband’s family had been pressuring us to visit to meet the baby. I tried to hold them off as much as I could, but yesterday, I was surprised to find them standing on the porch. [It] turns out [that] hubby invited them for dinner. I was embarrassed and felt like I wasn’t ready for visitors (judgmental ones at that 😉) ’cause the house was a M.E.S.S., y’all.
“Anyways, my husband sat with them while I fed my son. Then, later, I asked my husband if we should order takeout for dinner. He said ‘NO’ because his parents would find this rude and unwelcoming. He suggested that I go inside the kitchen and prepare something — anything [as] long as it’s ‘homemade.’ I said, ‘Fine,’ then went and made some mac and cheese. The reason I prepared this meal is because of how easy it is.
Tinashe is calling the shots:
“Once I served the family, my husband’s mom looked at me and was appalled. I noticed something was wrong. She asked if I really found it ‘appropriate’ to serve her and the family mac and cheese. I asked, ‘Why not?’ and she went on a rant about how disrespectful this was and that I clearly have no experience in what is right and wrong when it comes to hosting. I said, ‘Excuse me? Who said I signed up to host an expected visit from them?’ And she took it [to mean] I didn’t want them there.
“My husband said that deciding to serve his family mac and cheese was more offensive than serving them nothing at all. I told him I was too exhausted to cook their ‘traditional feasts,’ that I was forced to learn from his mom. He took offense and said that I was being mean and disrespectful towards not only …….