“Oh, Honey, You Were ‘So Close’ to Avoiding That Taste of Your Own Medicine!”

A frustrated husband riled up Redditors after lashing out at his hypercritical wife and making her swallow her medicine. Turns out, she didn’t like the taste very much. Here is the whole story.

She Was a Control Freak!

OP is a 33-year-old man who is married to a 27-year-old woman. He loves her, and they get along well for the most part, but there is one catch.

OP’s wife is super critical of everyone about almost everything. She thinks she knows the right way everything should be done, and she’s not shy about letting him know.

OP and his wife have talked about the issue, and she admits she can be a control freak. But she can’t seem to stop, and OP can usually grit his teeth and live with it.

One part about his wife’s controlling nature that does get under OP’s skin is that she has a catchphrase to let him know she’s criticizing him.

“So Close!”

In particular, whenever OP’s wife wants him to change something he’s done, she’ll start with “so close!”

So if OP hangs a picture on the wall, his wife might tell him he was “so close” to getting it in just the right spot. Then she’ll say he should move it this way or that way.

She’ll drop that little word bomb in just about any context when she wants to cut her husband down subtly. She even tells OP he was “so close” to getting his work presentations right, ignoring that he has a master’s in his field and she doesn’t know much about it.

Recently, OP’s wife had been looking for a job in her own field. She has a particular specialty in a small niche, so good openings rarely come along.

She Was in the Running for a Great Job

But OP’s wife was able to find a great opportunity in the city where they live, and she progressed through the interviews well. It finally came down to her and one other candidate, who happened to have been her roommate in college.

After the final round of interviews, OP watched as his wife waited nervously to hear back from the employer. Then, one day, she got a call from their HR department to let her know she did not get the job.

She was devastated and ran to OP for comfort and support. He put his arms around her and held her close, and the words just slipped out!

“You were so close!” OP said to his wife.

“So Close!!”

She stiffened up and pulled away, then looked in OP’s eyes and asked him what he meant.

OP wasn’t sure at that point whether he had accidentally used his wife’s catchphrase, or if it was kind of on purpose. But he decided to seize the chance.

So OP clarified that he meant his wife was close to landing her dream job, but she was just a bit off.

With that, OP’s wife stormed out of the house and went to a friend’s house. After a few days away she finally texted him to say he’s a fool.

“She Needed To See What It Feels Like To Be on the Other End of the Abuse”

OP sort of agrees with his wife, but he also thinks her reaction is telling. She didn’t like being told she was “so close” to something any more than he did.

Most Redditors think that OP was justified for turning “so close” on his wife. They think she is way too controlling and needed to see what it feels like to be on the other end of the abuse.

Some point out that what OP said wouldn’t have been insulting if his wife hadn’t used “so close” as a weapon during their years together.

They think that her reaction is proof that she uses the term as backhanded compliments to make OP feel bad about himself.

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Source: Reddit