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My Ex-husband's Entitled Wife Took All My Daughter's Birthday Presents for Her Daughter

Ayesha Muhammad
May 28, 2024
03:04 A.M.

At Joy's tenth birthday party, Tina hopes to create lasting memories with friends and family, but an unexpected guest's demands threaten to overshadow the celebrations. Can Tina navigate this delicate situation and preserve her daughter's special day?

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Life has a way of surprising us when we least expect it and the same happened to me. I'm Tina, by the way, soaking up the sun in California now, but my story begins in India. I'm here to share my life's roller coaster, which has had its ups and downs.

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About nine years ago, my friends set me up on a blind date. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? But as luck would have it, I met Barun.

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A close-up shot of a woman holding a glass of wine during dinner | Source: Pexels

He was everything I could have dreamed of in a partner—loving, caring, and incredibly supportive of my ambitions. We clicked instantly; it felt like we had known each other forever.

Soon, we got married, diving headfirst into our new life together. We had four amazing years together, the happiest of my life. We shared dreams and laughter, and eventually welcomed our daughter, Joy.

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We named her Joy, and she was exactly that—our little bundle of joy. She filled our lives with love and, well, more joy than I ever thought possible. But, as they say, all good things must end.

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A close-up shot of a newborn baby's hands | Source: Pexels

One day, Barun and I suddenly found ourselves in a whirlwind of disagreements. The kind you read about in novels or see in movies, where everything just... collapses.

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Eventually, we realized we just couldn't bridge our differences. It was heartbreaking, but we decided to part ways. Despite the turmoil, we managed to keep things amicable for Joy's sake, agreeing that she would live with me.

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An upset Indian couple after a conflict | Source: Pexels

Life after the divorce brought new challenges and changes. I landed a fantastic job in California. It was a fresh start for me and Joy, a chance to build new dreams in a new place. My employer was incredibly supportive, sponsoring both me and my daughter to start our new life in the U.S.

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Settling down abroad was a big move, but it felt right. It was our new beginning, just the two of us, and I was ready to make the most of it.

Life in California was a breeze compared to the stormy days back home. I had a steady job and a close-knit circle of friends. Although I was a single mom, I never really felt the void of a partner.

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A woman sitting in a café and drinking from a mug while looking outside from the window | Source: Pexels

Joy was thriving too, and that was all that mattered. Meanwhile, back home, my ex-husband, Barun, remarried a woman named Mira, whom I'll call 'Entitled Wife' or EW.

Despite the distance, Barun kept in touch, and he and Joy would FaceTime often. Seeing my little girl light up during those calls made it all worthwhile; her happiness was my priority.

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When Joy's tenth birthday rolled around, Barun decided to visit, and he brought his new family along—EW and their seven-year-old daughter, Tisha.

We had planned a cozy little party for Joy, just a gathering with close family and friends. Everyone was having a good time, the kids were playing, and the adults were catching up.

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As we were about to sing 'Happy Birthday' and cut the cake, the mood tensed up. EW insisted that Tisha should cut the cake.

"She's the youngest here, she deserves to cut the cake. Joy is too old for this!" she declared.

I was taken aback, not just by her words but by the audacity of the suggestion at my own daughter's birthday party.

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Colorful balloons with confetti | Source: Pexels

It was supposed to be Joy's special day, and here was EW, trying to shift the spotlight to her daughter. The room fell silent for a moment, everyone exchanging awkward glances.

After EW's shocking suggestion about the cake cutting, the party atmosphere had noticeably cooled, but I brushed it off, aiming to keep the peace for Joy's sake.

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However, the real test of the evening was still to come—gift unwrapping time. Joy was ecstatic about her presents, especially since she knew she was getting Barbies—a doll and a dollhouse, her current obsession.

As Joy began unwrapping her gifts, her smile was infectious. But it didn't last long. EW, who had been eyeing the gifts with an unsettling intensity, suddenly reached over and yanked the doll from Joy's hands.

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"Stop being so mean and stingy, Joy! My daughter needs that American doll," she screamed, completely ignoring Joy's tears.

Everyone was in shock. Before I could react, the situation escalated further. But just as I was about to intervene, Barun stepped in. Now, Barun has always been the quiet type, more likely to walk away than to confront. However, today was different.

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A little girl in a princess outfit | Source: Pexels

The entire room watched, breathless, as he took the doll from EW's hands and gently gave it back to Joy. His usually calm face was tight with anger, and when he turned to EW, his voice was cold and firm.

"This is unacceptable," he said, his voice quiet but filled with authority. "I will not allow my daughter’s birthday to be ruined by such behavior. We came here to celebrate, not to cause distress."

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After Barun's firm declaration, the tension in the room could have been cut with a knife. EW's face flushed a deep shade of red, a clear sign of her embarrassment.

It wasn't just a simple scolding; it was a profound moment of realization for everyone present. But Barun wasn't done. His next move was even more unexpected and heartwarming.

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Turning to Joy, who had been quietly watching the scene unfold with wide, teary eyes, Barun knelt down to her level.

His voice was gentle but filled with remorse as he spoke, "Joy, I am so sorry about what happened today. I promise you, I'll make it right." Joy nodded, wiping her tears away, and managed a small smile. It was a promise from her dad, and she believed him.

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Cakes placed on a table | Source: Pexels

True to his word, Barun didn't just let the incident slide. Over the next few days, he put together another birthday celebration for Joy. This wasn't just any party—it was everything a ten-year-old could dream of.

He booked a lavish venue, one of those places that looked like it jumped straight out of a fairytale book, complete with a giant play area and decorations that would make any child's heart leap with joy.

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And this time, EW was not on the guest list. The party was a hit. Joy's friends from school and our neighborhood were there, laughing and playing games.

Barun made sure that Joy received not just a new collection of Barbies, but also several gifts she had long wished for. There were magic sets, a bicycle, and even a small telescope since she had recently developed an interest in the stars.

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​​What stood out was how Barun handled the situation with EW. He didn't use harsh words or public embarrassment. Instead, he took a constructive approach.

He arranged for her to attend therapy sessions to address her entitled behavior. Barun made it clear that such actions would no longer be tolerated in their family. This wasn't just about correcting a single event; it was about setting a precedent for the future.

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A little girl hugging her father | Source: Pexels

Moreover, Barun set up a trust fund for Joy, ensuring her financial independence from any future dynamics that might arise in his marriage with EW.

This move not only secured Joy's future but also sent a clear message about his priorities. As word of Barun's actions spread among our friends and family, his reputation as a devoted father only grew.

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People talked about how he handled the situation not with revenge but with a reaffirmation of his commitment to his daughter's happiness.

This story of a father's protective love and his stance against entitled behavior turned into a beloved anecdote in our circle, often retold as a prime example of parental affection and responsibility.

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This whole ordeal, while initially upsetting, turned out to be a powerful lesson and a memorable story.

It reinforced the idea that true affection in parenting isn't just about providing for your child but also protecting and prioritizing their happiness and emotional well-being, even if it means standing up to difficult situations.

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In the end, Joy's second birthday party wasn't just a celebration of her turning ten. It was a celebration of love, resilience, and the strength of a father's love for his daughter.

And as for me, I couldn't have been prouder of how everything turned out—truly a silver lining after a stormy start.

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If you enjoyed this story, here's another one you might like: Frustrated with receiving yet another tech gadget she can't use, Sarah, a 65-year-old grandma, decides to turn the tables on her children this holiday season. Her gifts, relics from a bygone era, are meant to teach a lesson about patience and understanding.

My Kids Gift Me Tech and Grow Frustrated When I Need Help — So I Decided to Turn the Tables

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Turning 65 last month really got me thinking about how the world has changed. These days, it seems everything is getting smarter—phones, homes, and even refrigerators have touchscreens now. But honestly, all this tech doesn't make life easier for me. I miss the simplicity of things.

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I'm Sarah, by the way, and as a stay-at-home mom and grandma, I treasure my quiet moments. I prefer to spend my time with a good book rather than figuring out another gadget my kids insist I can't live without.

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Now, my kids—bless their hearts—are tech addicts. They thrive on the latest gadgets and seem to think I do too. Every birthday, Christmas, or Mother's Day, I unwrap a gift to find yet another piece of technology, each more bewildering than the last. They beam with pride, watching eagerly as I struggle to share their enthusiasm.

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A new tablet computer | Source: Flickr

But it's increasingly frustrating for me. The pinnacle of this tech torment came recently. For years, I had a bunny-eared TV—no cable, no streaming, no fuss.

I once casually mentioned that I might like to get a Roku, something simple to catch the occasional old movie or show. Somehow, this translated into receiving the world's most "user-friendly" smart TV.

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When they set it up, it was all smiles and rapid instructions that flew over my head. By the time they left, saying, "You'll love it, Mom! It does everything!" I felt more confused than ever.

This smart TV was supposed to be the latest and greatest from Samsung, but half the time, it couldn't even connect to the free networks I watched.

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"I hate this TV," I muttered one afternoon, as I moved it to the basement, my words lost in the empty space of my living room." Down to the basement it went, replaced by my trusty old set with its reliable rabbit ears.

After the whole smart TV saga, you'd think they'd get the hint, right? But no, the tech gifts kept coming. By Christmas, I unwrapped a pair of those fancy Bluetooth headphones. You know, the kind that promises crystal clear sound and all that jazz.

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But the problem was, I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how to pair them with my phone. It turned into an hour-long ordeal with my daughter-in-law, Mariia, fiddling with my phone while the kids hovered, all stressed out like it was some emergency.

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"Just press here, Mom, see?" they'd say, one after the other, as if that was going to make it any clearer.

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I've made it pretty clear to them: "Just get me a book or a gift card," I'd say. Books are simple: they have no buttons and require no setup. But my words seemed to vanish into thin air the moment they left my lips. So, when my birthday rolled around, there it was: another tech gift—a tablet.

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"You can download books on this, Mom," they chimed in unison like that was supposed to be a selling point. I've told them a hundred times I can't stand reading on a screen; it just doesn't feel right, like a book does.

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A white tablet computer lying on the Apple magic keyboard near the Apple magic mouse | Source: Pexels

I thanked them, of course. I appreciate the thought, really. But it got me thinking: it was high time they walked a mile in my shoes. So, with the next holiday approaching, I started planning. I was ready to give them a taste of their own medicine.

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The holiday rolled around quicker than a New York minute, and I was brimming with excitement and, I'll admit, a dash of mischief. I had spent weeks plotting my little reversal gift-giving scheme, keen to see how my tech-savvy kids would handle a blast from the past.

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Assorted gift boxes on the floor near a Christmas tree | Source: Pexels

Curious to know what happened next? Click here to find out.

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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