It’s tough to cover every single topic between you and your would-be spouse before you get married. Besides what fun would it be if you’ve already had every conversation possible.
You should, however, have covered the essentials. That way there aren’t any major secrets or any scary surprises somewhere down the line. Now, most couples understand this and have these conversations beforehand.
But what happens if your spouse leaves out some pretty crucial details about who they are and their life? You’d be surprised at the secrets spouses keep. Some surprises can be good, but others – not so much. We checked out a Reddit thread of surprises that people only found out about AFTER marrying their spouse.
1) Reddit user YakCat: “That he knew how to ballroom dance and took a cake decorating course for an art credit.” Now that’s a surprise discovery! They continued, “I learned it the same night. I couldn’t decorate cupcakes and he took over. Later at the event, he grabbed me and waltzed perfectly. Can’t wait for the next few years.”
2) Reddit user OrdinaryJose: “I didn’t learn this until after 17 years of marriage. My wife passed away. At the funeral, I met her ex-husband, her 22-year-old son who she hadn’t seen for 19 years, and her other 20-year-old son who she gave up for adoption (from a different father). I never knew any of them existed until the night before the funeral when her best friend asked if I minded if they came.” Spousal surprises even from the grave…
3) Reddit user schmengineer: “She’s really bad at swimming. I discovered this on our honeymoon while we were about 100 yds from shore when she started having a panic attack.” Must’ve been one hell of a surprise discovery. In comparison to all the secrets spouses keep, this one isn’t so bad.
4) Reddit user LeenaNola: This story is about both her parents’ secret – “My dad loved grilled cheese sandwiches growing up. It was the one thing that his mom could cook when she was sick (cancer), and he always associates it with happy memories. My parents get married, my mom continued the whole “making grilled cheese because it makes him happy” deal, complete with a slice of tomato because my grandfather (his father) grew tomatoes and she thought it was an extra bit of love.
My parents have been married almost forty years, and my dad finally told her last year that he hates tomatoes. He had been eating the sandwiches with tomatoes the entire time because he thought it was a part of her childhood and wanted to make her happy. They laughed for ten minutes, the tears streaming, not able to talk laughing.”
5) Reddit user jessicalinn: “We have been together 15 years and married for 7, we are watching tv the other day and someone starts speaking German and there are no subtitles – he translates it like it’s no big thing. I’m like who ARE you? Apparently, he’s watched so many war movies he speaks conversational German.”
6) Reddit user asleepawhile: “I met my husband online – okcupid. I found out right before we got married, after dating for 5 years and living together for 3, that the picture of him posted on the site was staged – a profile of him using a camera timer in his room alone while holding a beer and talking to no one. I don’t know which cracks me up more – that I couldn’t tell or that he kept the secret for so long.” That surprise must’ve been awkward to tell, good thing his now wife is a good sport.
7) Reddit user Cambridge_: He has a bone to pick with his wife. Apparently, she refuses to close any doors. He describes it as, “Getting a glass for a drink? Door stays open! Getting silverware? Drawer stays open! Going to the bathroom? Door stays open!” This is probably much more of an annoying discovery than it seems.
8) Reddit user Spiderbutts: “He has a watermelon problem. He will sit down and eat an ENTIRE 12-pound watermelon. Then gets VERY ill, spend half the day peeing, complain about his awful stomach ache, curl up and writhe around for awhile…then GO BACK to scavenging the rind for any bits he missed.
He is a 100 lb Irish dude. I don’t know how this addiction hasn’t killed him. I didn’t find out about it until last year. We’ve been together for seven. I need to supervise him when we go shopping so he only buys the mini watermelons. If I leave him alone? He buys the biggest one he can find. I mean watermelons are delicious, but dear god.“
9) Reddit user Pb_Foot: “That she had been married 6 other times. (yes, that’s a six). She said, Only two counted because they lasted more than a year”. I thought I was denied some critical need to know information.'” What a discovery…
10) Reddit user SeldonsHari: “I didn’t realize until after we lived together that she can’t keep the bathroom floor dry. When she showers, I feel as though half of the time she points the shower head at the ground outside the shower. When she gets out, I imagine her shaking her body off in canine fashion. If she washes her face at the sink, I visualize her saying ‘one handful of water for me, one handful for you’ (to the floor).” This discovery could be worse. This is definitely not the worst of the secrets spouses keep.
11) Reddit user cstanford94: “Apparently I have a birthmark on my butt that looks just like a poop smear. I didn’t know that until two weeks into the marriage she tells me about my permanent skid mark and that “I saw it when we first started dating and I really did think it was poop. It took me seeing it three or four times before I realized it was a birthmark. See I’ll always love you!” God, I love that woman.”
12) Reddit user Dog-boy: “When I was about 20 and my parents had been married for 29 years at the time. My Mom said she was going to make squash with supper, but my dad’s response was to say “No thank you. I never want squash again.” My mom was all WTF why?! My dad’s response was that the only reason he had eaten it all these years was a) she liked it and b) if you want your kids not to be picky eaters you suck it up and eat whatever is served. We were all astounded.”