We were in the park today, DP is obsessed with the kids learning how to play cricket despite them being completely not interested.
So he's trying to get them to bat, they cant do it. Eventually DS2 manages to knock the ball with the bat slightly, we clapped and DP began to cheer up.
DP then asked if I would throw the ball for him so he could demonstrate how to bat so despite the kids getting more bored by the second I agree to help him "demonstrate".
So I throw the ball lightly, DP then whacks it as hard as he possibly could straight towards my head, it hits me in the face, knocked me flying backwards, blood splattered all over my face from bust nose and I couldn't see or even lift my head without feeling like I was going to be sick. A bloke that was playing footie with his son came running across, gave DP a mouthful about being so careless and "trying to be the big man", DP is stood there apologising profoundly and DC are in tears, then the bloke's DS said to DP "you dont have to whack it full blast you know, its dangerous when you're so close to the baller". This kid was about 10.
After several attempts to take me to the hospital the kind man eventually backed off telling me to take care and calling DP a "fucking idiot" at the same time.
It was about 20 minutes before I could actually get up and walk back to the car. DP has continued to aplogise but I'm so angry with him. Ok it was an accident but like the other bloke said, if he wasn't trying so hard to be the "big man" it would never have happened.
Am I being OTT about this or am I justified in being furious? My face is twice the size it was this morning.
Very, very justified. Does your DP also blow ballons up SO much they then burst at the slightest touch? Hope you feel OK and get lots of TLC. Am I very cruel to say that your post made me cry with laughter?
Thing is its the second time he's done this now, last year he was "playing" with the DC and tried to play piggy in the middle with a cadburys creme egg, he was chucking it across the room to DS1, DS2 was in the middle getting annoyed and then DP put the full egg (in its wrapper) in his mouth which just went down like a lead balloon, DS1 just shrieked "eww!", DS2 shouted that he no longer wanted the egg as it now had germs all over it and so to try and lighten the mood DP chucked it to me to try and start the "piggy" game off again but didnt tell me and it smacked straight into my face, again blood all over my face.
Reading this I was reminded of that character in The Fast Show .... the competitive dad who always knew best, who mocked his kids' attempts at anything new and who always had to condescendingly show everyone else "how it was done".
Not that I'm suggesting for one moment that what happened to you was at all funny. I always used to inwardly cringe at that sketch because it was right on the edge of a dad actually being somewhat mentally cruel to his family.
At best, your DH is being incredibly irresponsible and stupid to throw anything near anyone's face at such close range, let alone a bloody cricket ball which was batted (not thrown) making the impact even worse. Thank God it was you and not one of the children who was in the firing line (hope you don't take offence at that, but I mean, their injury could have been worse). At worst though, a little bit of me wonders if he is "accidently on purpose" hurting you ..... again, please don't take offence, but there are people out there who enjoy inflicting hurt on others but make out it was a "joke" or an "accident". Only you will know if that's true or not ..... obviously, I hope I'm wrong.
If it was an accident, then it was a very predictable accident IYWIM ..... the chances of you being hit, and hit bloody hard, were very high .... I mean, it wasn't like you were sat there minding your own business and were hit by a football that had been kicked from right across the park - that's a genuine accident. As others have pointed out, that is why batsmen wear helmets & guards .... it could have busted your teeth, or worse. Any self-proclaimed cricket "expert" as DH would seem to be would/should know about safety considerations.
All apologies aside, he owes you big time over this - because it was, and should have been totally preventable. Apart from the creme egg incident, has he shown similar lack of regard for you at other times ?