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My Husband Took a Photo of Me Just before I Threw My Rings into the Ocean – Was I Right in Teaching Him a Real Lesson?

Junie Sihlangu
May 20, 2024
10:14 A.M.

My husband liked doing crazy pranks that were hurtful and not funny. But he refused to comprehend this when I confronted him. One day, I got the upper hand with the help of someone dear to both of us and I gave my husband a taste of his own medicine. Let me tell you, he WASN'T happy!

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A distressed man looking at his phone | Source: Pexels

Hi everyone, my name is Hannah and I have a crazy story to tell. My tale is about an incident that happened between me and my husband, Oliver. So all the drama between us started this past Sunday.

See, the two of us were on a romantic boat cruise alone. Everything was perfect and we were just relaxing, talking, and having a good morning. I was enjoying my time with him until he did something unexpected.

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A couple sharing a kiss on a boat | Source: Pexels

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Suddenly, Oliver became very serious and turned to face me. Then he told me something I never anticipated hearing him say. "Baby, I’m so sorry, but I have to tell you something. I’m so sorry, please forgive me, I had an affair."

For some context, let me clear this up: my husband thinks he’s a comedian. He's the type of guy who'll say dumb stuff all the time. But this time I reacted badly because in all the time we've been together he’s never joked about our marriage. He's also never joked about our relationship or cheating, ever!

A couple on a boat | Source: Pexels

A couple on a boat | Source: Pexels

The way he said it, I FULLY believed him! I was blinded by rage and hurt, and I’m not a confrontational person. So all I did was stand up, take my rings off, and throw them into the ocean. I don’t even know why I did it; it was the first thing I thought of doing for some reason.

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As I turned back to Oliver, I saw him dropping the phone in his hand after taking a photo of my reaction. The next thing that happened was his jaw dropping so wide open that it seemed to hit the floor!

A woman pictured with her hand stretched overboard a boat | Source: Freepik

A woman pictured with her hand stretched overboard a boat | Source: Freepik

He immediately started to yell that it was a joke, a prank, and that he wasn’t serious. Hearing this, my mouth also dropped open! I became livid and yelled at him, saying, "Your STUPID joke made me throw your family's engagement ring out!" After hearing that, my husband became white as a ghost and started screaming!

"WHY would you do that?! You know that was a prized heirloom in my family!" Not allowing him to turn this whole thing around on me, I asked him seriously, "Do you realize that you hurt ME by making me believe that you cheated on me?"

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An unhappy couple on a boat | Source: Pexels

"This is what worries you now? That is what you want to focus on?" he asked loudly. "You threw the ring my grandfather gave to my father, which I then gave to you!" Waving his hands around in frustration as he kept exclaiming, he added:

"You threw my family ring into the ocean like it was trash!"

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A couple arguing by the beach | Source: Freepik

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"But I was hurt by your words. I didn't do it on purpose," I said defensively. I couldn't believe he was trying to throw ME under the bus for how I reacted to HIS stupid prank! After we got off the boat, we were still arguing back and forth.

He even pulled out his phone to confirm seeing me throw my rings into the ocean. Then his brother, Mike, met us on the shore with a board that said "SURPRISE!" on it. Mike took my rings out of his pocket. I stood with my hands crossed against my chest in triumph.

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Wedding rings in a box surrounded by flower petals | Source: Pexels

Oliver was shocked and confused as he asked, "What is going on here!?" We revealed to him that after he told Mike about his new idea to prank me, my brother-in-law (BIL) decided to help me.

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I explained how I had previously confided in Mike how Oliver's pranks were getting on my nerves. So this time my clever BIL suggested giving his brother a taste of his own medicine! "Of course, I was in!"

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A couple not getting along | Source: Freepik

At this point, Oliver looked defeated as he started putting together the pieces of how I'd gotten the upper hand in this situation. "We devised a plan where Mike created fake rings that looked like the ones I wore," I revealed smugly.

"After you told me the news about your 'affair,' I threw the fake rings in the water, making you believe they were real!" My BIL chimed in at that moment, "We wanted to show you what your cruel jokes make everyone feel," he said.

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A close-up of an upset man | Source: Pixabay

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"We love you, Oliver, so could you please consider our feelings too after you’ve had this experience?" Mike added with a brotherly smile. My husband was hurt, but he finally understood how wrong he was.

"I get it now. I promise not to play with your emotions anymore," he vowed and I and Mike were grateful for that. After the confrontation, we all sat down together. Oliver was still processing everything, his face a mix of relief and regret.

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An upset man sitting on the floor outside | Source: Pexels

"I can't believe you did this to me," he said, shaking his head. "I never thought my pranks hurt anyone like this."

"Well, now you know," I replied softly. "It wasn't only about the rings. It's about understanding how your jokes can impact people, especially those who love you." My husband sighed:

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"I guess I deserved that. I’m sorry, Hannah. I never meant to hurt you."

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A man talking to a woman at the beach | Source: Midjourney

Mike also had something to add, "Oliver, it's not about deserving. It's about learning." He continued, "We wanted you to see how your actions affect others. We care about you, man. Just... think before you act next time."

Oliver nodded, a look of determination crossing his face. "I promise, I’ll be more mindful. No more cruel jokes."

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A man looking apologetic | Source: Pexels

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As we headed home, I could feel the weight lifting from our relationship. It wasn’t easy, but sometimes the hardest lessons are the most important. I looked at Oliver, grateful for the promise he made, and more importantly, for the understanding that came with it.

Our relationship grew stronger from that day. My husband kept his word, and we found new ways to enjoy each other’s company without the sting of hurtful jokes. It was a turning point. One that brought us closer together and filled our lives with genuine laughter and love.

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A couple kissing | Source: Pexels

Weeks later, while reminiscing about that day, Oliver said, "You know, I still can't believe how real it felt when you threw those rings. My heart stopped!" I laughed, "Now you know how I felt when you told me you had an affair."

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He grinned sheepishly. "Point taken. I’ve retired from the prank business."

Mike joined in, laughing. "Thank goodness! One more prank and I might have had to throw you overboard myself!"

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Two men and a woman having fun hanging out at the beach | Source: Pexels

Oliver looked at us, his expression serious but filled with love. "I’m lucky to have you both. I’ve learned my lesson, and I’m never going to take you for granted again." That night, as we sat under the stars, I realized how far we had come.

The trust and love between us had grown stronger, and I knew we could face anything together. Our bond was unbreakable, forged by the trials we had overcome and the lessons we had learned.

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Hannah, unfortunately, isn't the only one who had to teach their significant other a valuable lesson. Owen's wife in the following story had to take matters into her own hands when her husband started becoming insensitive. Read on to hear how she managed to get through to him.

My Husband Accused Me of Embarrassing Him While I Was Birthing Our Child, So I Taught Him a Lesson

After giving birth to our son Liam, I confronted my husband Owen about his insensitive behavior during labor. There was a point during the procedure when he boldly told me to stop screaming because I was embarrassing him!

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A woman holding her newborn baby's feet | Source: Pexels

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Instead of apologizing, Owen defended his actions, saying a woman should listen to her husband. I was shocked and disgusted, realizing this wasn't the partnership I had envisioned. To address this, I took Owen to my parents' house for dinner, where my sisters shared their childbirth stories, highlighting the support they received from their husbands.

Seeing the impact of their words, my husband apologized sincerely, promising to be a better partner. By choosing compassion over confrontation, I hoped to build a stronger foundation for our relationship and family. The focusing I had was on learning and growing together.

A man apologizing to a woman with a flower | Source: Pexels

A man apologizing to a woman with a flower | Source: Pexels

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided "as is," and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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