A young woman whipped Redditors into a frenzy after she refused to give her parents her new address. If only her sister could have put that kind of distance between her and their folks, too, life might have been different. Here is the full story.
She Had a Lot of Pressure
OP is a 24-year-old woman with a 28-year-old sister. Big, big things were always expected from her older sibling.
She Was Their Golden Child
When they were kids, OP’s parents noticed how smart their first-born was and started grooming her for success.
They Had Her in Everything
OP’s parents pushed her sister to participate in everything from dance lessons to sports to music.
Her Future Was All Mapped Out
But academics were the main concern, and OP’s parents had her sister’s path all planned out. She was going to Harvard for a pre-med undergraduate concentration and then on to Johns Hopkins for medical school.
There Was No Time for Fun
Of course, that meant OP’s sister spent all of the time she wasn’t dancing or playing sports just studying. There was no time for friends or leisure, her parents said.
She Would Finally Be Free
So OP’s sister worked hard and graduated from high school just before she turned 16. She was excited for college, mostly because she could finally get away from her parents.
But They Had Other Plans
But because she was a minor and her parents couldn’t stand to let her have her own life, they came along. They packed up OP, her sister, and their household and moved to Boston.
She Dodged Their Bullet
OP’s parents continued to control their older daughter all through college, and OP was just glad they were focused on her sister instead of her.
They Both Moved On
Eventually, OP graduated from high school, and her sister graduated from college and moved on to med school as planned.
And She Moved Far Away
A couple of years later, OP moved to France, partly to make sure that her parents couldn’t be on top of her like they were her sister.
She Broke in Two
Then, about a year after she left, OP’s sister suffered a drug-induced psychotic break and remains institutionalized years later.
She Was in Their Crosshairs
Once it became clear that OP’s sister wasn’t going to achieve all they had hoped for, her parents turned their attention to OP.
She Told Them to Back Off
OP’s parents started texting and calling, trying to offer “advice” that was more than a little controlling. But OP was a full blown adult and basically told them to butt out.
She Has to Stay In Contact
But OP stays in touch with her parents because they are her sister’s legal guardians and have a say in who can go see her and who can’t.
They Want to See Her
More recently, OP’s parents have been asking her for her address in France. They want to come see her and get to know her boyfriend.
She Refuses to Give In
But OP wants no part of seeing her parents in person, and she refuses to give them her address.
They Think She’s Unreasonable
OP’s mom is sad that her daughter won’t even share her address. And several friends have told OP that she’s being unreasonable.
She’s Not Taking Any Chances
OP has seen her parents in action, though, and she doesn’t want to take any chances.
She Should Stay Far, Far Away
Reddit commenters think OP is doing the right thing by keeping distance between herself and her parents. Many of them say that they missed out on their first retirement cash cow when her sister burned out, and now they’re just looking for their next payday.
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