Still, he said "do you know how this all makes me feel? I should be the one bringing in the big paycheck...."
Last time I checked, creditors don't refrain from issuing bills simply because of how it made the recipients FEEL.......
And, if he wanted to take a stab at, geez I don't know, like maybe putting that budget back in the black -- as opposed to current hue of fire engine red -- he'd bring in ANY paycheck!
Sounds like you handled yourself well.