They say it takes a village to raise a child, but one expecting couple is getting roasted online for taking that phrase a little too literally.
Jim and Alex Burns, a couple from Philadelphia, took to the website Meal Train, a crowdsourced home-made food website, to get a little extra help during their pregnancy. The website itself actually boasts how it's a great option for those looking for extra help before a baby arrives, but the Burns brought a lot of attention to themselves with their requests.
The couple requested 30 recipes that cater to their paleo diet, and if neighbors couldn't provide food, they asked they perform household chores or walk the dog.
“As the father-to-be, I’m teetering on a fence of emotions,” Jim Burns wrote on a now-deleted Meal Train post. “That's why I'm putting together this 'Meal-Train' or 'Mental-health check-in train' or 'Do you need any help today train,'...A meal would be awesome. If you feel comfortable reaching out before you arrive to see if we might need anything else — that'd be even more awesome.”
The meals include paleo egg muffins, chocolate peanut butter energy balls, lamb meatball stew with orzo, and they included a recipe link for those who didn't know how to make their various requests. Perhaps it's a situation where they come off a little too demanding via text, but it's a little jarring to see how specific they are regarding the help they receive.
They must have gotten the memo because the campaign has been deleted, but their neighbor, Jack Johnson, took the time to share his thoughts on the request.
Trying not to be negative, I figured maybe it's like "if you make a lasagna and make too much, we would accept it". That would be very reasonable inside a totally unreasonable ask. BUT THERE WERE 30+ SPECIFIC MEALS WITH RECIPES pic.twitter.com/BkE2kBuhyJ— JJ (@JJFromTheBronx) April 18, 2019
Yikes, it looks like someone was not happy with this post. Speaking with the New York Post, he said the couple seems "out of touch" and suggested the expecting father is a little more concerned with sleep than anything else. Jim Burns responded to these comments by saying this request was aimed mostly at family, and nobody is expected to participate.
Perhaps this is a case of a neighbor getting too worked up about nothing, or maybe the Burns family are asking for a little too much, but there's no need to have this much bad blood in a high-stress moment in their lives. The couple is expecting their child to arrive at the end of April, so a media-feud with a neighbor is probably the last thing they expected. Maybe this could have been solved behind closed doors instead.