A young man was fully supported by his parents when he said he wanted to be a geologist, but his tomboy sister hadn’t been granted the same enthusiasm. When he revealed that their parents were paying for his education and not hers, she was outraged and disowned them. Now, they are saying it’s his fault that they weren’t invited to her wedding.
She Was a Tomboy
The boy said, ‘My sister was a tomboy growing up, which caused many problems with our parents.’
His Parents Were Disappointed
His dad had always been disappointed that his daughter had turned out to be a tomboy rather than a girly girl. In his mind, she was a boy in every way except physically. Over the years, the young man watched his sister and parents fight continuously. It was a nightmare.
Their Parents Treated Her Badly
He felt bad for his sister, who had always faced harsh remarks from their dad about her appearance. Their father would constantly badger her and criticize her for how she looked. He hated that her skin was tanned because she was always running around outside. Their mother was no better.
No One Would Marry Her
Late at night, the boy often heard his parents complain to each other about his sister. They worried that she would never get married because she was nothing like an ordinary girl. So when she said she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a geologist, the boy wasn’t surprised by their reaction.
She Loved Geology
Growing up, his sister was fascinated with rocks and loved collecting them. But when she said she wanted to be a geologist, her father warned her that the pay was awful and she would most likely get laid off. He made it his mission to convince her to do something he considered more ‘feminine’, like teaching.
She Needed a ‘Feminine Profession’
Wanting to please her father, the boy’s sister tried to become a teacher but dropped out after her first year of training because she didn’t enjoy it. She took a year off, got a job with a tech start-up, and found her second passion. That’s when she decided to do a degree in computer science.
They Refused to Pay for His sister’s Education
The boy and his sister knew from an early age that college would be paid for by their parents. But when his sister told them she wanted to study computer science, they took their promise back. His parents claimed they could no longer afford to pay for her school and only gave her money for the year she trained as a teacher. Fortunately, that didn’t deter the sister, who worked hard and got her degree.
It Wasn’t Fair
The boy said, ‘A year after she graduated, I started a degree in geology, and our parents said they would pay for my entire degree.’
He Got to Live His Dream
The boy was shocked. They told his sister they wouldn’t pay for her degree and that she had to pay off the loans herself. He knew it was because they didn’t like her profession, but he kept his mouth shut until his sister asked how he planned on paying his tuition. When he told her, she was outraged but suspected that her parents would do something like this.
She Disowned Them Because of Him
After hearing the news, his sister knew her parents had wronged her on purpose. After several arguments, she told them she never wanted to see them again. His parents were angry that he told his sister about the tuition and hoped their daughter would calm down and return to them soon. But, when he was the only one to receive an invite to her wedding, his parents knew their daughter was serious. The boy felt terrible that he caused this conflict between his parents and siblings and asked the internet if he was in the wrong.
And the Internet Provided
One person said, ‘Your parents didn’t care about the relationship in the first place, or else they wouldn’t treat her this way or lie to her.’
Others Chimed in
Another commented, ‘Keep supporting your sister because she wants to continue to have a relationship with you, not your parents.’
A final reader shared their view, ‘Eugh, parents forcing gendered stereotypes onto their daughters and then punishing them in an attempt to change their behavior, only to act surprised when the daughter disowns them… seriously, when will people love their daughters for who they are?!’
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