May 14, 2024 at 2:39 am

They Had Massive Nightmares About Sharks When They Were A Kid. Now They Refuse To Let Their Niece And Nephew Swim During A Trip To The Lake.

by Matthew Gilligan

Source: Reddit/AITA/Unsplash/@tsasacha

I understand being afraid of the ocean, but this is just plain STRANGE.

And you’ll see what I’m talking about in just a minute!

Check out this person’s Reddit story and see if you think they’re taking things just a little bit too far…

AITA for not allowing my niece and nephew to swim in a lake with their cousins because of how afraid I am of open water?

“I have two sisters. I’m 23, they are 28 (Bec) and 29 (Ada) . Both have kids, I don’t.

We planned to do a family day at a local lake yesterday.

My 29 year old sister’s FIL got sepsis so she had to fly out and asked me to take her two kids to the lake. I said sure. I’m also staying at her house until she gets home. I was not just taking them to the lake.

They’re not so sure about this…

I thought it would be ok even though I have a massive fear of open water (or sharks specifically). It came from when we went to California as kids and I loved the ocean.

Then however the brain works, I had massive nightmares about being grabbed by sharks and I’ve really never swam again. I can go in pools as long as I can touch and see the bottom but a lane, pond, pool at night, etc… will leave me with a pure panic attack.

They couldn’t handle it.

We got to the lake yesterday and I started freaking out in my head. I was ok on the outside but in the inside all I could envision was some sort of shark grabbing my niece and nephew and I wouldn’t be able to do anything about. So I did not let them swim.

They cried of course and Bec said I was being ridiculous. I said I know but I can’t help it.

She called Ada and she told me to let them go in the water, that Bec would he responsible for them. I agreed.

But as soon as they even dipping their toes in, I freaked out and told them no, they had to stay on the beach.

Sounds a bit irrational…

Bec screamed at me that she’s just as related to the kids as I am and she’s overruling me. I grabbed both kids and loaded them in the car and we left.

We went to see the Taylor Swift movie and had a great time and they were happy.

I came out of the movie to about 200 missed angry calls and texts for Ada and Bec about not knowing where I was, me not telling them where I was going while acting so irrationally, etc…

I guess about an hour in the remembered that check FindMyPhone saw we were at a movie so that calmed down but Ada ripped me a new one when I finally called her back and made me feel like such an *******.

I tried to defend myself but she literally told me “there’s no defense for what you did today, you will never watch my kids again.”


Here’s what people had to say on Reddit.

One reader said they acted like an *******.

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This person agreed.

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Another individual didn’t hold back.

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This Reddit user shared their thoughts.

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And another person was on board with everyone else.

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Seems a bit ridiculous to me…

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