A young woman sparked outrage among Redditors when she refused to cancel her trip abroad to spend time with her baby brother. Her parents have very different views on the subject, and she’s stuck in the middle. Here is the full story.
They Were Never Close
OP is an 18-year-old student who is her 41-year-old mother’s oldest child.
The two have never really been close, and OP lived with her dad while her mom focused on building a career.
He’s a Good Guy
OP’s parents were never married, but her mother recently got married to a 38-year-old man who seems like a good guy.
OP gets along with him fine, and he treats her mother like a queen.
He’s Their Pride and Joy
So it wasn’t much of a surprise when OP’s mom and her new husband decided to have a child of their own.
She Loved Him Either Way
OP now has a baby brother who she loves very much, even though she knows they’ll never have a typical sibling relationship.
She Worked Her Butt Off
For her part, OP has always been a good student, and she focused hard on getting ahead while she was in high school.
She enrolled in dual credit courses wherever possible, and she graduated with both a diploma and an associate’s degree.
She’s Can’t Wait for the Future
From there, OP enrolled at a college with a strong study abroad program, and she landed a full scholarship to study overseas for a semester. She is beyond excited and can’t wait to get going.
The Dads Were Happy
When she OP told her parents about her big news, her dad was very proud and excited.
Even her stepdad seemed stoked, but her mom was just sort of quiet about the whole thing.
But Mom Didn’t Like It
Later, OP’s mom told her she didn’t think she should go on the trip.
She Thought Wrong
At first, OP thought maybe her mom was worried about her safety, or that she would get lonely.
She Was Worried
But mom had other concerns that floored OP when she found out what they were.
All About Baby
OP’s mom told her that she knew her daughter wouldn’t come home for her normal breaks if she was studying abroad.
That meant she would miss important bonding time with her new brother, and their relationship might never recover.
She Was Being Very Selfish
She thought that if OP wasn’t there to see her brother hit developmental milestones, they’d never have a real brother-sister relationship.
OP could hardly believe her ears, or how selfish her mom was being.
They Would Never Be Normal
OP told her mom that since there were so many years between them, chances are she and her brother wouldn’t have a typical relationship, no matter what.
Besides, OP said, she’d be back before the boy was even in preschool.
How Could She Leave Him Behind?
But OP’s mom told her it just wouldn’t be the same, and that a good sister wouldn’t even think of leaving her baby brother behind.
Letting Out What She Feels
OP was pretty much done arguing at that point, but she had to let her mom know what she thought.
She Never Asked For It
So OP said that she had no intention of putting her life on hold just because mom decided she wanted to start over in her 40s.
She never asked to be a sister, especially not at a point in her life when she was ready to focus on herself.
Was She Out of Line?
With that, OP left and went back to her dad’s. She told him what had happened with her mom, and that she felt like she had maybe been too mean.
He Was on Her Side
But OP’s dad told her to make the choices that she thought were right for her. Doing that would not make her a bad daughter or sister, he said.
She’s Ready to Move On
Now, OP feels bad that her relationship with her mother is strained, but she’s more motivated than ever to get on with her life.
She Needs to Take Control of Her Life
Redditors overwhelmingly support OP on this one and think she should move on with her life.
Like she says, it wasn’t her choice to become a sister at 18, and her brother is not her responsibility, anyway.
She Needs to Break Free
Many commenters advise OP that she should run from the situation as fast as she can because her mom is looking for free childcare.
If OP sticks around now, she may never be able to break free.
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