A young woman divided Redditors when she revealed why she had turned a cold shoulder to her sister at a family dinner. No one seemed to remember who the guest of honor really was. Here is the full story.
She’s Right in the Middle
OP is a 25-year-old woman who has 2 siblings – a 28-year-old sister and a 22-year-old brother.
No One Notices Her
Ever since her little brother was born, OP has suffered from typical middle child problems. She pretty much feels invisible to the rest of her family.
She’s the Golden Child
The real problem for OP is that her older sister is the golden child as far as their parents are concerned. She can do no wrong.
She Was More Popular
OP’s sister was always popular among their peer groups, too, and that caused other problems for OP.
She Stole Her Friends
One big issue was that OP’s sister is a lesbian, and she was always trying to date OP’s friends. The relationships got super complicated and again often left OP out in the cold.
She Hit the Big Time
Recently, though, OP opened her own bakery in her hometown. It was big news, and her family was thrilled.
They Would Celebrate Her
To celebrate, OP’s mom invited the whole family over for dinner, with OP as the guest of honor. They were going to celebrate her career breakthrough.
She Was a Big Deal
OP’s mom held these family dinners on a fairly regular basis, but it was a big deal to dedicate one of them to a particular person.
They Finally Saw Her
For once in her life, OP felt really special and valued by her family.
She’s Not Close
But OP’s older sister is a lawyer now, and she lives out of town. Because of that, the family isn’t as tuned in to her day-to-day life as they would be if she lived closer.
It Was a Shocker
And when she showed up to the dinner in OP’s honor, the sister brought a new girlfriend with her. The focus of the entire evening shifted.
They Wanted the Details
This was the first time OP’s sister had ever brought a girlfriend to one of her mom’s dinners, and everyone wanted to talk about their relationship.
They Forgot About Her
To make matters worse, the girlfriend was a psychiatrist, which led to long and winding conversations. Hardly anyone even noticed that OP was there at all.
She Clammed Up
OP wasn’t too happy with the situation and didn’t talk much during the dinner. Not that she could have gotten a word in edgewise, anyway!
She Wanted to Know What Was Wrong
Once the dinner was over, OP’s sister pulled her aside and asked her why she was sulking.
Her Night Was Ruined
OP told her that she could have brought her girlfriend to any of the other dinners their mom held. She didn’t need to ruin OP’s big night.
She Should Be Happy for Them
But OP’s sister pushed back and said that she was finally in love. She thought OP should stop being selfish and find a way to be happy for her.
She Did It on Purpose
OP is happy that her sister found love, but she’s convinced that her older sibling deliberately upstaged her.
The Stranger Got More Attention than She Did
And it stings OP that her family once again forgot all about her just to fawn over her sister and someone who was basically a stranger.
Her Parents Share Some of the Blame
Redditors are split about this situation. Some of them think OP is justified for being hurt and angry, especially after a lifetime of playing second fiddle. But others think OP is being immature and needs to stop dwelling on how her older sister is being treated.
Many also point out that OP’s parents could have avoided stirring up hard feelings if they had redirected the focus of the dinner to the new bakery, rather than the new girlfriend.
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