A Reddit user turned to the online community to ask if they were in the wrong for laughing at the wife of the man who raised him after he was given everything in the inheritance.
A Father Figure
OP revealed that their biological father was not the man who raised them.
OP’s mother and the man who raised them were together from the time OP was six months old until they were seven and had a younger sister together before eventually getting a divorce.
Despite this, the man remained a constant presence in OP’s life and reassured them that they were still his son and that he would always be there for them.
He Was the Man to Raise OP
OP loved and admired him greatly and considered him to be their only real father figure, apart from their grandfather, who was the man’s father.
Following the death of OP’s younger sister, their mother became emotionally unstable, and as a result, OP was raised by the man who had raised them.
The New Wife Was Jealous of Their Relationship
At the age of 15, OP’s father met his wife, Natalie, who had a 3-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.
Unfortunately, Natalie did not like OP. She knew that he wasn’t the man’s biological child. She also disliked how much attention OP received from their grandparents.
Natalie would frequently bring up the fact that OP was not the man’s real child, and undermined their relationship on multiple occasions.
She Would Throw Jabs at Their Relationship
Nat often referred to OP’s father as a childless parent due to the tragic loss of their younger sister.
She would use this as an opportunity to highlight OP’s non-biological status and insinuate that the father was not a “real” parent.
Nat also had a habit of interjecting during moments when OP’s grandparents would compare them to their father.
On one occasion, her behavior led to her being kicked out of the house.
Their Relationship Began to Fade
Natalie’s behavior also extended to instances when OP’s father would spend time alone with them.
On OP’s 17th birthday, when the father was taking them out for a celebration, Natalie complained about him leaving her children behind and made it clear that she did not want OP to be treated as the only child in the house.
Natalie asserted that her children would feel left out and unloved. In addition, Natalie attempted to find out information about OP’s biological father, which was unsettling for OP and their family.
They Went Their Separate Ways
As a result of Natalie’s behavior and his father’s complicity, OP estranged himself from both of them.
Despite Natalie’s disrespectful treatment towards OP and their family, the father chose to remain married to her.
Even when Natalie’s made negative comments about OP receiving gifts from his grandparents and suggested that the money should be spent on younger children, the father sided with her.
This caused a rift between OP and his father, leading to the breakdown of their relationship.
He Found Out He Was Getting Everything
OP and their father remained estranged until his father’s death last year. Following his passing, OP’s grandparents initiated the legal process to evict Natalie and her children from the house.
As owners of the house and other possessions that the father had used, they had never charged him rent and felt that everything should be passed on to OP.
She Was Upset They Wouldn’t Get Anything
Natalie was surprised by this turn of events. She had assumed that she would be able to inherit the house and other items that the grandparents had given to the father.
When she asked about her children, the grandparents revealed that they had not seen them in years and would not be giving them anything.
OP Laughed in Her Face
When Natalie confronted OP about the legal process initiated by their grandparents, OP laughed at her anger toward them.
Natalie expressed her frustration that OP was getting everything and not sharing it with her children who had lost their only father.
OP continued to laugh and walked away from Natalie, who had shown up at their workplace.
They Thought It Could Have Been Handled Better
A friend of the father overheard the confrontation and advised OP that it would have been better to walk away without laughing.
The friend also pointed out that Natalie’s children were also the father’s children and that OP should consider how much the situation must have hurt them.
The Reddit Community Weighs In
In this thread, Reddit users empathize with OP and label them as not at fault in the situation.
But some users note that Natalie’s children are innocent in this situation and did lose a father figure, which should not be discounted.
It is suggested that OP should not direct his anger at Nat’s children, who are not responsible for their mother’s behavior.
They Made Suggestions on How to Make Things Right
Users pointed out how ironic it is that Nat expected something for her children when she had treated OP so poorly for not being the man’s biological child.
Some users advise OP to set up a trust for the children’s education so that Natalie can’t access the funds. Others discourage him from giving anything to her.
Despite this, most users agree that it is up to OP’s grandparents to decide who gets what from the estate.
Overall, Reddit users support OP’s stance and understand their reaction toward Nat’s behavior.
What do you think? What would you do next as OP?
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