Sometimes you just know.
You know those stories of love at first sight? Those happen. Other times, people go out on a few dates with someone and realize at some point that they're going to spend the rest of their lives with that person.
Romantic, right? Many of us wish we could be so lucky!
After Redditor PNWNative1992 asked the online community, "What was your 'I'm gonna marry this girl/guy' moment?" people shared some of their stories and we have to admit that our cold, dead hearts can barely stand it! It's so beautiful!
I was in a terrible accident at work. I slipped while carrying hot fryer oil. I burned both of my legs and my foot pretty severely when the oil had filled my boot. I was taken to the hospital.
Cell phones were a new thing and both me and my girlfriend, that I had just moved in with, had one. My phone had gotten destroyed so I didn't have her number, the only number I could remember was my mom's. They called my mom and I told her she needed to go tell my girlfriend what had happened.
The resulting burns required skin grafts and a lengthy hospital stay. My girlfriend came and sat by my bedside every night after work. She advocated for me when I was looped out of my mind on painkillers. She was next to me when I rehabilitated and struggled to walk again.
She has always been very squeamish about blood and injuries. She freaked out when I would show her cuts and other injuries I would get while working.
After three weeks in the hospital, with bandage changes daily, I was told that I could go home but only if I could change my own bandages. It was hard to bend and I knew that I wouldn't be able to. My girlfriend grabbed some latex gloves, put them on and told the nurse to show her what to do.
I remember thinking right then and there that this was the person I wanted in my corner for the rest of my life.
"I was having the worst day ever..."
When my girlfriend came to my room (we live on campus, she came to my dorm room) and just gave me a hug.
I was having the worst day ever, had finals coming up, problems with friends, got fired from my job on campus, but I didn't tell her any of it.
She just showed up, gave me a long, comfy hug, kissed my forehead and told me she loved me. Any anxiety over finals or sadness from previous things I mentioned melted away. Immediately.
"I had that moment..."
I had that moment when she went to pour us some coffee, and put back the mug she had chosen for me and took out my favourite mug instead.
Something so small, but she paid attention to the mug I always used and then chose to bring that one to me I felt all the love I had already been feeling inside. We are married 3 years now.
"The first time I went to the movies..."
When I was a teenager, I worked at a movie theater concession stand. On breaks, we were allowed to have some free popcorn. After a while, plain ol' popcorn can get pretty boring, so I started dipping it in nacho cheese. It's absolutely delicious. Even as an adult, I would always purchase a side of nacho cheese for my popcorn anytime I went to the movies.
The first time I went to the movies with my wife, she ordered a side of nacho cheese for our popcorn. I'd never met another person in my life that did that. I knew right then that she was special.
Three years later, we served popcorn with nacho cheese during the cocktail hour at our wedding.
And yes, I know that mine is pretty cheesy.
"He never sings..."
I was sick laying in a hotel bed with barely any energy and he turns on American jazz music. He begins singing and dancing around the room to help bring me joy.
He never sings and he hates dancing. His first language isn't English, he didn't grow up in the U.S., nor does he live there, we're both relatively young late 20s/early 30s. We also live, separately, on two different continents.
I immediately pictured him doing this in our future house while ironing on the weekend preparing for the work week and thought to myself, this could be fun.
"I always had trouble..."
This is going to sound super cliché but here goes.
I always had trouble finding girls who would like to date me. Had quite a few girls who were friends but none wanted to take it that step further. I was very shy and awkward around girls. Well I dated a bit but nothing too long term. My longest relationship was 3 weeks... Sad I know... I was also super cynical and was getting to the opinion that love didn't exist and I'd never find anyone who would even look at me twice.
Well one of my girlfriend's knew a girl who was recently single. She was my age and lived about 45 minutes away from me. She sent me her number and said "go for it."
The first time I called her I was pacing around outside a friend's house in a cold sweat. When she answered the phone, I completely fluffed my carefully rehearsed lines and actually asked her if I could start again. She said OK and I took a deep breath and started again.
We met up at a little coffee shop in a mall near her house at about 5pm. By 11:30 we had to say goodbye because we had been talking while they were packing the tables and chairs away.
Walking to my car after saying goodbye was the moment I knew, I HAD to marry this girl!
We celebrate our 7th anniversary early next year and have two boys who are the absolute light of our lives.
"Her saying that..."
We were lying in bed together and by that point in our relationship it was already pretty obvious that we were going to be getting married eventually. We were together for six years and I had been away for almost 18 months in Iraq with the US Army. Eventually we talked about marriage and I told her that if we got married I probably wouldn't be able to afford a fancy wedding or anything. She turned on her elbow and looked at me and laughed and said, and I quote, "A big wedding is an American girls dream. I'm a small town Russian girl. We get married in a courthouse."
Her saying that eliminated ay tiny lingering doubt I had in my mind. We ended up getting married in our city's courthouse a month later. Her mom and the judge's secretary were witnesses. Later that afternoon we took her mom and my dad out for lunch at my wife's favorite restaurant. We've been married for about 14 years now. And while we struggled financially a little bit because of schooling and having a baby before I was able to find post-military/post-college permanent work (I worked a lot of contract jobs after graduating college) we eventually got to a point where the only thing we owe anything on is the house. No student loans, no car payments, no credit card debts....nothing that can't be paid off with one of our paychecks. Small town Russian girls are no joke when it comes to figuring out finances.
"I'm a lucky guy."
I saw her at a party, didn't know anything about her. Saw a cute girl in a long colorful skirt with curly hair swaying as she walked towards her car. There were a hundred people there but I didn't notice any of them.
I got her number from a friend who worked with her. I'm pretty socially awkward, don't like talking on the phone and a little deaf. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and called her. My friend had told her about me. She knew of me but only what our friend had told her, which wasn't very flattering.
We talked for 6 hours on the phone, she hinted at meeting up, I was oblivious. She had to come right out and say let's meet up. We met at a gas station near by and talked the rest of the night away.
We've been together 22.5 years, have 3 kids and I have a career I'd never have pursued without her. I knew she was special from the minute I laid eyes on her. She is the smartest, prettiest, most hard working woman I've ever met and with all my flaws she still loves me. I'm a lucky guy.
"I volunteer at a railroad museum..."
I volunteer at a railroad museum as an engineer. I brought my girlfriend along for a ride and let her take the throttle for a few minutes.
When you come to a railroad crossing, there's a proscribed whistle signal (long-long-short-long) you're supposed to blow. Without my prompting she grabbed the cord and signalled.
Without thinking I blurted out "I love you."
"My husband and I got together..."
My husband and I got together when we was 16. When we first started dating he asked me to come to his room since we was teenagers I thought he wanted to do something sexual but instead he showed me the game trailers to skyrim and from that moment on I knew I wanted to spend my life with him.
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Raising children isn't for everybody. That is a cold, hard fact that everyone should really comprehend. Being a parent is one of the most, if not the most, important jobs in the world, it's a calling really. And being a good parent is essential. Being an unwanted human is the most devastating feeling in life. So that's why I get so aggravated when people try to push others to have children when they're not ready or are unsure. There is so much avoidable pain and heartache by just being honest.Redditor u/SniperGlizzy was wondering about some of the hard truths when it comes to parenting by asking people to share... [Serious] What is it like to have children you don't want?
"Not Me"<p>Kids are not for everybody, especially me. I have little patience and I'm selfish... but all in good ways. ; Just not in the ways that best rear a child. I love kids from afar. And giving them back to their parents after hanging out for a bit is the greatest feeling of all. It's too bad that the people on this thread realized that far too late. </p>
Not the Plan<p>I girl I worked with had a five year plan. Get a designer man, have a massive wedding, travel to fancy hotels and have a baby. She managed it all except the baby.</p><p>Two years of IVF later and still no baby.</p><p>After a long adoption process they get a 6 month old. Three months later they give him back and divorced.<span></span></p>
Thanks Bro...<p>I have custody of my brother's kids. I didn't want them. I already have one of my own. My brother's kids are not as well behaved as my children. It is very frustrating. I love them. I will protect them and take care of them. I find myself very upset by the fact that I just can't seem to love them as much as my children. It's depressing. I hate myself because I feel this way. I wish it was just my children a lot of the times. <span></span></p>
The Nanny<p>I was a nanny for a lady who really didn't want children but needed up having 5 because she loved her husband. Each of her pregnancies her medical condition got worse, with her youngest she had to be in the hospital for two months because she had so many kidney stones. Part of her condition is she produces kidney stones at a crazy rate, and they are rare stones that have a hook on them. Her kidneys are also more like a sponge looking organ than kidney, that aren't functioning over 25%. She would give her life for those kids even though she never wanted them. <span></span></p>
Goals...<p>I don't know if I fall into that category, but sometimes I feel like I do. I love my kids, and I'm told I'm a pretty good dad, and sometimes I enjoy it... but most of the time it's just draining. I explain it as being like an introvert at a party full of strangers — it's not that caring for kids is painful or whatnot, just like talking to strangers isn't painful. It's just draining. It sucks the energy out of you, whether you're good at it or not. <span></span></p>
20/20<p>It set the tone for the rest of my life, one of those hindsight is 20/20 things. I honestly believe if I'd never had a kid, particularly as young and alone as I was in a very socially backwards area, I'd have made a lot more of myself. I know that could be taken as self-rationalization for lack of trying and failures. But I also know how I felt, how I have never bonded with my kid, and how both our lives could have been a lot better had I either waited to have her, or let another couple adopt her like I wanted but was forced out of the choice. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/luf0ki/serious_what_is_it_like_to_have_children_you_dont/gp6azgw?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"> momisahamster</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/momisahamster/" target="_blank"></a></p>
"Scars"<p>Oof those are tough tales. I pray that everyone who has been affected by these kinds of abandonment can find the mental help necessary. Children need structure and love so that they can feel safe. If you know in your heart you can step up for all of that, then just say it. Don't scar the innocent. </p>
The Favorite<p>I was conceived to replace a baby boy that died. My mom was so disappointed I was a girl, she forgot my name for a while, and now I have 2 middle names. I had a brother growing up who was favored by both my parents, but he really was amazing. He was my favorite too. He died 5 years ago in a motorcycle wreck, and I'm the least favorite (my mom admitted this freely), also I am the last remaining child. *** Also, I don't care that my parents are disappointed that I was the one that survived. </p>
MS<p>I know someone who was diagnosed with MS and had 5 kids because each pregnancy her MS got better. She was a terrible mother. No involvement with her kids. Imagine growing up and at some point you figure out you were a medical treatment your mother was using to not have MS episodes. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/luf0ki/serious_what_is_it_like_to_have_children_you_dont/gp6834e?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">PiratesAndPinaColada</a></p>
8 of 9...<p>I grew up #8 of 9 kids, my oldest sister was responsible for raising each and every one of us, to this day she resents our mom for stealing her childhood. My sister has told us stories where as newborns we'd cry and my mom refused to get up and get us, she waited until my sister who was a full time student, to get up and take care of us while my mom just continued to lay in bed.</p><p>My mom knew she could continue to collect welfare as long as she had children in the house so she prolonged her welfare dependence by having so many children. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/luf0ki/serious_what_is_it_like_to_have_children_you_dont/gp7782l?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">gianttigerrebellion</a></p>
What A Woman Wants<p>I think this is a conversation that more women (especially), should have. You are close to being burnt at the stake if you confess that actually if you could turn back the clock, you wouldn't have children. I feel that these conversations may stop perpetuating this idea that 1) if you're a woman you will automatically adore your children 2) you have more options than just having children. Women do also go through things such at PND, and maybe others talking about it won't make them feel so guilty and alienated. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/luf0ki/serious_what_is_it_like_to_have_children_you_dont/gp77hl2?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">MD564</a></p>
Checkout Time<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwNzYzNy9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3NzIyNDc2M30.yCCFKkgssALSc-7Q9KGxSdDhQwD7DvLz97G74DGMnsI/img.gif?width=980" id="d707d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="26f4aa76e2fc0f169ebfe354f861c2dd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="500" data-height="271" />Joe Pesci Hotel GIFGiphy<p>Its like having some guests at your house that never never get around to leave for years, but you must take care of them to avoid getting into trouble and judged by others. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/luf0ki/serious_what_is_it_like_to_have_children_you_dont/gp68pn4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">deepstatetraitor</a></p>
Everytime I start a new job I make a solemn pact with myself that I will not get mixed up in an unnecessary drama. I will promise to avoid any all scandals. And I refuse to bear witness to or participate in any and all salacious nonsenses. Cut to me and two to three weeks later... the main character or important supporting player in a storyline too hot even for Melrose Place.Redditor u/lanyeweisst wanted people to dish on some salacious nonsenses they came across by asking.... What's your workplace scandal?
"I need an Amen."<p>I've seen it all... thieveing, lying, fornicating in every possible corner of space. And sometimes I was all of the above. I'm just an expert at not getting caught. For some reason though, so many other people feel the need to include me in the drama as a confidant or a witness.<em> "I need an Amen."</em> Many of the people here know of which I speak. </p>
Call HR<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwNTM1Ny9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3MTcxNDMzMH0.gU8NmmbsoQj5GsKRkrA4qfC_ZyZpxpbjhtSlJqHpuwQ/img.gif?width=980" id="13aac" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c7fdf627b934ed40467357bb5512ee10" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />braxton family values traci GIF by WE tvGiphy<p>Walking past my colleagues door, middle of the afternoon and looked in his office door window. </p>
"Warpath"<p>A divorced couple worked at my company in separate departments. The ex-husband went to the ex-wife's house to pick up their kids one night and got into an argument with the ex-wife's boyfriend, who was a cop. The cop shot him. The ex-husband died. The ex-wife was not exactly contrite about it.</p>
"That" Room<p>I used to work for a large insurance company in Colorado Springs, CO - When I worked there they had nap rooms which were used for other nefarious means. My favorite workplace scandal is when one coworker stopped cheating on his wife with another coworker because he found a new workplace hookup. Work hookup #1 anonymously called the man's wife to rat him out AND security to bust in on him and his new hookup. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls8lcn/whats_your_workplace_scandal/gopvs7c?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">snugglebunny822</a></p>
Jabs<p>Years ago I worked at a company that hired a sales guy who was pretty hard-working and definitely put out a, 'I am trying to come back from a dark time in my life' kind of vibe. We all really liked him as a first impression, but we didn't get a chance to know him very well. One day he went out to his car at lunch, drank himself to a point of insensibility, then came back into the office like nothing was wrong. When his boss called him on it, he took a swing at him and missed by a mile, spinning himself around and almost falling over.<span></span></p>
"Bad Combos"<p>Now why is it people feel the need to get X-Rated at the office. There seems to be an over abundance of that. That's the usual scandals though, isn't it? Sex and money. That combination will often lead you down the wrong path. Of course just when you think you've heard it all...</p>
The Pooper<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwNzUzMS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MzE1OTgwOH0.NCjBrEYfd1fnNgqa_Tz0XcWI6y0ozCXLRKfImKvGDmw/img.gif?width=980" id="a9900" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="912468aa3c656253ea2df30b233166a1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="498" data-height="498" />poop GIFGiphy<p>A lady pooped in the men's urinal and tried to frame a guy who turned down her advances at the Christmas party. </p>
Bonnie & Clyde<p>From my first workplace as a college intern: The Director of Engineering was working on a special project and required the PM's admin to assist, every day in his office from noon to 1pm. One Thursday they forgot to close the door completely and as it turned out their special project was shagging each other stupid. They were sent home and told not to come back until the following Monday, by which time management would know how to address the incident.</p>
Staffing Concerns<p>When I was in high school, I got a job in a local chain drug store. After I was there about a month, I showed up for work and was greeted by corporate security. Apparently, the entire management staff, as well as the bulk of the store's employees, were fired and arrested as part of a mass theft ring. Apparently they were issuing fake merchandise refunds to their credit cards, as well as voiding cash transactions and pocketing the cash. </p>
Tragedy...<p>A few years back I was working for a national non-profit, one of the ones that's trying to cure a disease.</p><p>We all got called into a mandatory meeting first thing one morning, and that meant folks calling in from all over the country, probably 2,000 of us total. We were told that our CEO's wife had been murdered and set on fire. It was tragic.</p><p>Couple hours later, they called a second meeting to tell us it was one of our coworkers that did it. That was a mind screw of a meeting.<span></span></p>
A Royal Schemer<p>Woman in the finance department fell for a Nigerian prince scheme disguised as our CEO and corporate lawyers. Transferred 2 million Euros to the scammers. Police found nothing. Holding that has the most shares of our company was not amused and almost sacked our CEO who is a great guy in general. Investments in new tech was denied and everyone lost their bonus for that year.</p><p>Responsible person for the transfer was not fired but lost procurement responsibility. Many in our company said that she was into the scheme. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls8lcn/whats_your_workplace_scandal/goqf0pc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">rudolph_ransom</a></p>
And these are the Days of Our Lives...<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwNzU1MS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2NDgyMTQ2OX0.jqMnAtxtOtD0n2SdOAuEVsvcrSALhBKYY-QzoNXn6zI/img.gif?width=980" id="0b128" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="16fea14d77685df9d82ec7cd817bf280" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="300" data-height="167" />Days Of Our Lives GIFGiphy<p>I used to work at a place where two employees who were both married had an affair then divorced their spouses and married each other. Two years later the guy has an affair with a client then he divorces and marries client. Everyone is somehow shocked. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls8lcn/whats_your_workplace_scandal/gopwh9a?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">awooawooawoo</a></p>
We aren't perfect. There's plenty of things in our pasts that we look back and cringe at.
That being said, sometimes those cringe moments go far past cringe. Sometimes they get to the point of no return awfulness because that's where our human nature took us in this moment.
He's Not Dead<p>When I was 17 my brother walked into a room where I was lying down on my back and stamped on my chest. </p><p>I saw red and stood up and punched him square in the face, unfortunately this was in a doorway in front of a staircase, which he fell down backwards and when he hit the wall at the bottom folded up in such a way I thought I'd killed him. </p><p>He didn't move for what seemed like forever and I was certain he was dead, the world just spinning out around me. </p><p>He wasn't dead, obviously, but knocked out briefly and he never laid a finger on me again, after being the kind of nasty bully who had spent much of my childhood just randomly beating on me for his own enjoyment.</p><p>Those were the longest seconds of my life.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/MrSpindles/" target="_blank">MrSpindles</a></p>
Complete And Total Taking Over<p>I don't know about "haunts" but it makes me cringe. In public school we had this thing in our school called 'Jumpstart for Kids' where you'd go around, often door to door, collecting money for this charity once a year. </p><p>Anyway I was 12 and I liked a boy in highschool and he convinced me to take the envelope and go door to door and collect money... to give to him so he could buy a drum set. </p><p>I walked around collecting from all these sweet people who told me I was so nice for collecting money for underprivileged kids. Fortunately I got caught and my parents made me donate it instead. So embarrassing.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/heather-rch/" target="_blank">heather-rch</a></p>
Scene Of The Crime<p>Provincial Park, pay shower, 12 years old, line-up to get in. Towards the end of my turn in the shower, get the urge to poop. Cannot hold it. Using a sock to smoosh the last of it down the drain, water turns off. Out of quarters. Put a towel over my head, run out of there past the line-up.</p><p> Get back to the camp site, immediately change clothes, shoes, hairstyle, put on a ball cap. Work up the courage to go by the area later on, it is all cordoned off. Hear people angrily discussing how someone took a dump in the shower.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/eskerhobolo/" target="_blank">eskerhobolo</a></p>
When Bullying A Bully Isn't Worth It<p>We had a camper in this large campground at a lake when I was growing up. Tons of families with kids riding bicycles and golf carts up and down the gravel roads through the property. </p><p>There was this one kid that was a few years older than me (I was 10, he was probably 12 or so) who's dad was the security guard and they lived on site and he was the biggest punk in the park. He'd try and wrestle you in the pool, throw rocks at you as you were fishing, ride off on your bike if you left it laying around, bully and hit smaller kids, even girls. </p><p>I was driving the golf cart down a pretty steep, gravel hill one day when I came up on him on his bike, going the same way as me. He never turned around to acknowledge I was there so I got up just to the side of him and turned HARD right into him. We were both going probably 10-15 miles an hour down this hill. </p><p>He took a nasty spill and rolled off the side of the road and wasn't moving. I kept on going, acting like nothing happened. We were completely isolated so no one saw me. I remember him getting taken away in an ambulance and hearing that he'd been hurt pretty bad.</p><p> I immediately felt remorse for what I'd done but never said a word to anyone. He or anyone else never had any idea I did it either. I look back now and think about how much of a financial strain I put on that family, seeing as how they were already living in a camper. That was a really REALLY evil thing I did and it still crosses my mind quite often.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/harp9r/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">harp9r</a></p>
Not Hurting<p>So you know the carnival horses you can sit on outside of grocery stores (back in the 90's). Well I wanted to ride one and this sweet old woman tried to help me get on, slipped, and really really hurt herself falling into the ride. I just remember hearing her scream and I got scared and ran away.<br></p><p>I'm 31 years old and think about that day at least once a week.</p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/packhawk2689/" target="_blank">packhawk2689</a></p>
Gotta Get Up, Gotta Get Out<p>Easy. When I was 5, I burned my house down.</p><p>We were living in a small home, me, my sister, mom, dad. I was supposed to be in the bed, but I wanted a toy or <em>something</em> that was under my bed, and I didn't want to wake my parents by turning on my light... soooo I grabbed my dad's cigarette lighter and light the flame under my bed. Needless to say it went up like a match. </p><p>My dad tried to stomp the fire out after I started screaming fire, burning his leg horribly. My room and the source of the fire was blocking EVERY other bedroom from escape, so everyone had to jump out of a window. Funnily enough, I don't remember the world-class a** whipping I must have received for that. I just cringe at the thought that I almost killed all of us being a dumb kid.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Paradigm_Pizza/" target="_blank">Paradigm_Pizza</a></p>
Escape<p>I was married to an insanely abusive man. After two years I escaped and he killed himself shortly after. Not sure if it was him avoiding charges, or avoiding his deployment but his family decided it was 100% my fault. They told the police I gave him the gun and encouraged him. </p><p>That was investigated and unfounded. What they didn't know was he'd scanned and emailed me his suicide note the wee hours of the morning of. The police didn't find the note. Of course I handed it over when they asked. His family would not believe I wasn't involved or at fault and harassed me for a long time. </p><p>If I got a job and they found out about it they'd call and leave so many complaints I'd get let go. Found out what I drove and had their other kids and their friends follow me. </p><p>I ended up having to leave that town and disappearing to avoid them. But before I did, I printed a copy of his suicide note, found his moms car at her job, and left it on the window shield. That note detailed the abuse his father put him through, his rage at his mother for never leaving him and making himself and his siblings live with the SOB. </p><p>That he never wanted me to blame myself, that this was his way of getting the hell away from them and the damage he caused. I felt pretty bad for awhile. But at the same time.... they literally wouldn't leave me alone and stalked me for 5 years.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/TinyTinasRabidOtter/" target="_blank">TinyTinasRabidOtter</a></p>
If You Give A Pup A Shower<p>Bored in the house one day alone when I was about 10, so decided to give my dog a shower, I genuinely loved my dog, he was my best friend growing up, but for some unknown reason I decided to turn the shower onto hot water only (extremely hot) and started showering him. There was a delay I guess in him reacting because his fur was so thick, which meant I kept it on him for a few seconds.</p><p>suddenly He started yelping like dogs do when in pain, his instincts were to not be aggressive or try to escape but just looked at me scared and confused.</p><p>I panicked smashed on the cold and cooled him down as quick as I could.</p><p>Fortunately he was not 'burnt' or had any ongoing issues, he never even lost trust in me.</p><p>I felt physically sick and ashamed in myself for days after, and obviously it still bothers me 20 years later.</p><p>The good thing to come from it is that I was so disturbed by my action that I have never knowingly inflicted pain on anyone or anything since.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/ChrisLeeHD/" target="_blank">ChrisLeeHD</a></p>
Caught In The Act<p>I was at school and for no reason at all, I eavesdropped a very private and delicate conversation between one of my teachers and her husband. </p><p>Then she opened the door and saw me eavesdropping. It was beyond humiliating and I deserved the scolding afterwards. I was young and stupid obviously, but when I remember the look on her face, I still cringe hard, even if it's been almost 20 years.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/naydeilinsei/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">naydeilinsei</a></p>
Shunned<p>Second grade, I had a classmate (fake name Sasha) who was kinda awkward. Crooked teeth, quiet, not too bright. Didn't really have any friends within the class, though she did have some people she would hang out with at recess. </p><p>In any case, a boy in the grade above us, a friend of my brother's actually, for some reason decided to spread a rumor among all of us that Sasha had lice and to stay away from her. </p><p>I bought it without a second thought, and so did most of us; as far as I know, she wasn't particularly teased, but she was just shunned. No one talked to her. </p><p>She was around till the end of the year and didn't come back for third grade. No clue what happened to her, but I really hope we didn't mess her up too much.</p><p>Next summer, I got the worst case of head lice my pediatrician had ever seen. Karma, my dudes.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Isabel79540/" target="_blank">Isabel79540</a></p>
I don't miss high school or the people in it. People who seem to have peaked in high school also weird me out. How? Why? I can definitely tell you that life got much more interesting the older I got (my 20s were way more fun than any of my time in high school). If you were to ask me if I have any regrets, I suppose I would say that I wish I had been more assertive and stood up for myself more. Depression has a way of complicating goals like that, though. Let me tell you: It feels nice to be so much healthier than I was then.
After Redditor Sub2735 asked the online community, "What's your biggest regret from high school?" people shared their stories.