A fed-up woman took to Reddit recently to ask for opinions after she finally put her pampered sister in her place. Now everyone wants to know if mommy and daddy will pick up the pieces. Here is the full story.
They Liked Her Better
OP is a 30-year-old woman with a 27-year-old sister. Their parents have always babied the younger sister to the point of sometimes ignoring OP’s problems.
She Got a Free Pass
When they were kids, OP’s parents expected her to figure out tough homework on her own. But when her sister struggled, they brought in tutors and encouraged them to actually do her homework for her.
She Was on Her Own
College was the same story. Though OP’s parents helped pay for her first two years of school, she was on her own for the rest of her undergrad degree. And she had to pay for her master’s degree herself!
They Let Her Experiment
But OP’s parents paid for anything and everything their younger daughter wanted to try.
She Wanted to Become a Nurse
The younger girl’s dream had been to become a nurse, just like her mother and grandmother.
She Couldn’t Cut It
But even though OP’s parents were paying for her sister’s schooling outright, she couldn’t cut it and flunked out
She’s Strong Now
OP doesn’t harbor any hard feelings about pulling herself up by her bootstraps, because she thinks it made her strong and independent. And it gave her the confidence to achieve goals in her life.
They Won’t Let Her Fall
Meanwhile, OP’s sister continues to struggle, probably because she knows mommy and daddy will be there to pick up the pieces.
She Couldn’t Make It Last
After she dropped out of college, for example, OP’s sister started a bath and candle shop with money her parents gave her. The place went bankrupt within a year, and she moved back home with her folks.
She Got Left Behind
Now, OP’s sister is partying and hanging out with friends instead of doing anything productive with her life.
She Often Gets Moody
And she often gets moody because her old pals are moving on with their lives and don’t have much time for her.
She’s Got a Full Life
Meanwhile, OP has a family of her own and also works as a creative writing tutor for a side hustle. Her students are bright and creative, and OP likes helping them with their stories.
They Wanted to Hear All About It
Recently, at a party to celebrate her son’s second birthday, OP was talking to her aunt and uncle about her tutoring students.
It Was a Pleasant Conversation
They seemed interested in her work, and the conversation was pleasant.
She Crashed the Party
At least, it was pleasant until OP’s sister decided to join in, that is.
She Couldn’t Play Nice
The younger woman started asking OP questions about her creative writing students and how she was helping them. The conversation still felt casual, but then her sister got a dig in.
She Cut Her Down
Referring to how she was helping other writers, the sister made a comment to the effect that OP had to tutor because she couldn’t make it big as a writer on her own.
She Couldn’t Make It Alone
That stung OP and she lashed back. She reminded her sister that she hadn’t done anything at all in life without their parents holding her hand.
Come Back When You’ve Accomplished Something
OP went on to say that if her sister ever managed to do anything on her own, then maybe she could criticize OP’s work.
That Lit Her Fire
OP’s sister could dish it out, but she couldn’t take it! The younger woman got offended and started arguing with OP. It turned into a big scene, and OP’s family were embarrassed and divided.
It Divided the Family
Her parents think OP was mean and landed a low blow on her sister, but her husband and his family think the sister got what she deserved.
She Stands by the Truth
For her part, OP admits that she reacted harshly in the moment, but she only spoke the truth. Now she’s worried about her relationship with her parents and sister moving forward.
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