60. My Mom’s Revenge On Her Toxic Ex
So obviously not my story, but my mom told me about this, and I have to share.
Several years ago, my mom was in a relationship with a toxic guy that would constantly start arguments and try to find every opportunity to yell at her. She’s not an arguing person, so she’d always just stare at him like a child throwing a tantrum and ask if he was done yet.
It was only arguing and yelling, so she had the mindset of I can live with that since it could be worse (she was young and in a hard time in her life).
After a while of it, she got petty revenge any time he would try to argue about stupid stuff. She was the only one in the house that did house chores, dishes, laundry, etc. She used different detergents when she did laundry since she bought whatever was the cheapest, and he had a minor sensitivity to anything but 1 name brand one (it just caused him to itch and be a bit uncomfortable), so on nights, he’d pick fights she’d do her normal thing of just waiting for it to blow over and then she’d wash his clothes in her detergent.
He’d come home complaining about the itch. Every time he argued, he’d go to work uncomfortable and never knew why but did eventually realize no arguing meant no itch, so it did work.
The relationship did not last long, but I still found it beautifully petty when she told me, and I’m proud to have her as a mom and now know where my pettiness comes from.