In a recent case of a seemingly innocent misunderstanding, a cousin in Belgium contacted a 25-year-old woman in the United States to congratulate her on her pregnancy. The woman, who we’ll call ‘Cathy’, was keeping her pregnancy a secret, and was surprised that her cousin knew about her pregnancy. She said, “It was such a random thing for her to say.”
Woman’s Mother Is The Culprit
Cathy’s cousin confessed that it was Cathy’s mother who had told her cousin’s mother about the pregnancy.
To throw off her cousin, Cathy told her that she wasn’t pregnant. However Cathy’s cousin texted her again and told her that her mom (Cathy’s aunt) told her about the pregnancy, and now she’s confused as to where her mom got that information from.
She Wanted To Announce On Her Own Terms
Annoyed, Cathy told her cousin that it would have been better if she didn’t ask at all, as she wanted to “announce it instead on social media instead.”
Cathy had recently discovered she was pregnant and had chosen not to share the news with her extended family. But, her mother had already shared it with her own.
Cathy Was Annoyed
Cathy was naturally taken aback at her cousin’s confession, and how quickly the information had spread. She said, “I told her I wasn’t pregnant, and she started apologizing, saying it was probably a miscommunication. I just left her on read… I deleted the chat.”
“I don’t know if I reacted a bit rude to her.”
She Is Angry At The Wrong Person
Many people have voiced their opinion on the situation, including one commenter who said, “Why are you being rude to your cousin when your problem is with your mother for telling people you were pregnant against your wishes? It seems you’re angry with the wrong person.”
Cousin Didn’t Know
Another offered the opinion that, “The cousin had no way of knowing she wasn’t supposed to know and was just trying to be nice, lying about not being pregnant and leaving [her] on read and then acting huffy is very uncalled for and over the line. The cousin did nothing wrong.”
She Was Just Being Polite
A third pointed out, “Why are you blaming her? She was being polite, she didn’t leak the info your mother did. You should have contacted your mom as soon as she texted you the first time and told her to stop telling people. Frankly, your attitude towards [your cousin] is so bizarre. She was just trying to be polite, she did not post it on Facebook, she private messaged you.”
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