It’s normal to ask for help from close friends or family as a new parent. But what isn’t normal is asking for over 30 diet-specific meals from your neighbors, along with help doing chores. That’s what one expecting couple did—and now they’re being roasted on Twitter.
Soon-to-be dad Jim Burns took to Meal Train, a meal-giving site, to get support from his neighbors. And while the original post has since been removed, one user tweeted screenshots of Burns’ ridiculous requests on April 18.
“As the father-to-be, I’m teetering on a fence of emotions,” Burns wrote. “One of the things I’m most afraid of is not getting a great deal of sleep and as a result not being in the best frame of mind to offer my wife the support she needs to recover from the child-birthing process.”
He then attached a lengthy list of 30-plus meals that he and his wife, Alex, would prefer. Some of the recipes included homemade granola; red lentil, chickpea, coconut soup; and roasted sweet potato wraps with caramelized onions and pesto. And on the days when he and Alex didn’t want to interact with anyone, neighbors could leave their donations in a cooler outside.
Burns went on to explain that his request was about more than just food. “We’re looking for a ‘check-in train’ to have people check in on us to see if we need or want anything as we acclimate to the new routine,” Burns said, noting that neighbors were more than welcome to come “vacuum, wash some dishes, walk the dog.”
His post is going viral on Twitter as people mock Burns for his outrageous plea. But according to the New York Post, Burns is shocked that his request was received so poorly. “I apologize if it was taken the wrong way — and I’m frankly just very surprised and a little disheartened by the response,” he said. “This is the world we live in.”
The week I got a thing in my mailbox to join a social network @Nextdoor. People in my neighborhood can alert each other about crime and stuff like that. Great idea! But today someone posted the most ridiculous thing ever (1/?)
— JJ (@JJFromTheBronx) April 18, 2019