A man was the youngest of three siblings and had long been aware of a stark contrast in the way his parents treated him compared to his older brother and sister. Initially, this was simply an inkling that he had, but it soon manifested into something very real when it came to his inheritance.
The Least Favorite Child
The man explained why he felt the way he did: “My parents would treat my siblings a lot better, give them better clothes & gifts, and even give them allowances. To be honest, I don’t even remember the last time my parents gave me a gift for my birthday, or even congratulated me for that matter.”
Working From a Young Age
To bridge the gap created by his parents’ unequal treatment, the man took on part-time jobs from the tender age of 13. He even bought his own laptop for high school while his siblings received one as a gift.
A Grandfather’s Legacy
However, one member of his family showed great care for the man. His grandfather, a kind-hearted man, had left inheritances for his grandchildren in his will, cited to be spent on financing their education, including college and housing expenses.
Siblings’ Educational Paths
The man’s sister was on the verge of graduating from college, seemingly utilizing her inheritance wisely. In stark contrast, his brother had changed college majors four times in just two years, incurring significant costs each time. This had depleted a substantial portion of his inheritance, raising concerns about his ability to complete any course.
Pressure to Sacrifice
To the man’s dismay, his brother’s failures would soon negatively impact his own education. One day, his parents approached him with a request: to give up his share of the inheritance to bail out his struggling brother.
The man already felt this was a heartless request, but the timing of it was particularly bad. “Thing is, I’ll be taking my college entrance exams in November/December, and by giving him this inheritance, I won’t be able to afford college at all”, he explained.
A Firm Refusal
Shocked at the request, the man firmly refused. “I told them it was absurd, and it wasn’t my fault that he wasted his part of the inheritance”, he recounted.
Guilt Tripping Him
In response, the man’s parents attempted to guilt trip him. “He’s your brother, and he needs help!”, they exclaimed. “He’ll help you pay for your studies once he graduates.”
Despite the guilt trip, the man repeated his refusal. Even if his brother did pay him back, which he was doubtful of, it would still mean delaying his education by at least 5 years.
The Rift Deepens
Unfortunately, this refusal only deepened the parent’s negative attitudes towards their son. “They’ve taken to calling me an ungrateful child for not ‘thinking about family’”, he lamented. “I’m constantly being shunned in my house, to the point that it’s making me feel like a trash person.”
The man headed online with his woes, posting his side of the story, asking readers if he really had acted poorly by not helping his brother. To his relief, nobody agreed with this view. “Tell your parents if they do touch YOUR part of the inheritance that is meant for YOUR schooling, you will take legal action against both them AND your brother”, one person suggested.
A Waste of Money
Many readers shared the belief that gifting the brother the money would be a waste of his own education. “I strongly suspect that your brother wouldn’t help you IF (not when) he eventually graduates”, someone stated. “The money was left to you for your education – you shouldn’t feel any guilt for using it for its intended purpose.”
Not His Problem
There wasn’t a single reader who felt the man should accept his parents’ request. “Your brother wasted what he was given”, one commenter pointed out. “You are being pragmatic and looking out for yourself. It is not your duty to take care of your brother. Your parents can take out loans if they care about family so much. You do not need to set yourself on fire to keep others warm.”
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