I've changed some details because I’m pretty sure my stepsister uses reddit.
When I was 11 my mom married my stepdad who also had a 13-year-old daughter. For the purpose of this post we’ll call her Emma. Me and Emma have never gotten along, when I was 22 I finally went no contact with her.
The straw that finally broke the camel’s back was when she gleefully announced she was pregnant with my then fiancé…. On Christmas day. That was honestly one of the worst times in my life and it took me a really long time to recover from the betrayal. Emma ended up marrying my ex and they have a little boy together.
I’m currently 28 and engaged to a wonderful man, who is a lot better than my ex ever was. Emma and my ex ended up divorcing after 3 years and she now lives with my mom and stepdad.
My fiancé has family in Italy who he’d like me (and my parents) to meet before the wedding. The original plan was to go this summer but obviously with COVID our plans got put on hold. I was discussing the p... keep reading on reddit ➡
Obligatory reactive LPT from someone who just planned a trip to Joshua Tree during the wrong moon cycle.
Update: posted on throwramerr1 if anyone sees this, due to the 48 hour rule. Just wanted to go ahead and post and let y’all know I’m okay.
Update 2: Here was the post that got removed
Holy shit, y’all. I haven’t been on reddit since I posted my original here and I did NOT expect this. I had to make an extra account with similar name to post because of the 48 hour thing, but I know a lot of people were genuinely worried about me so I wanted to go ahead and post an update (sorry if that’s not allowed).
Thank you guys so much, I can’t even believe the support/response I got. I ended up calling my brother and telling him about it and asking him how I should handle it, and he got in his car to come get me before I even finished telling him what all had happened. Him freaking out more than anything else made me realize that I wasn’t overreacting. I didn’t tell my boyfriend I was leaving until my brother was parked on the street and I just walked out with a few things. So now I’m in a... keep reading on reddit ➡
"Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”
"We're taking United” was the reply. "We got a great rate!”
“United?" exclaimed the hairdresser. " That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”
"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome's Tiber River called Taste.”
"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it's gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump.”
"We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”
"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. ”You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it.”
A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.
"It was wond... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hey there! I am Paolo, italian born but Australian resident since 2010. I am here for my yearly AmA, trying to break down some mental barriers and answer some questions that arise usually when we see somebody travelling long distances unassisted.
SHORT BACKGROUND STORY OF MY LIFE: Born and raised in low-middle class family, in a small 2000 people town, 20km outside of Milan, Italy. My mom was housewife and my dad was selling honey for a company, to provide for the whole family. Public schools all the way up to University. Chose computer engineering. Graduated with average score. I had to work since the age of 15. Small weekend jobs to have some spare cash. At 18 started to work in a consumer electronic shop and a pizza place. By the time I was 24 I saved just enough money to buy myself a plane ticket to Los Angeles. Managed somehow to stay in USA and come back only 3 years later, with no money whatsoever. In 2008, I found a stable job with a renowned IT company, in Milan, Italy.... keep reading on reddit ➡
For those with young families who may think about taking a long trip: We have traveled literally hundreds of thousands of miles (killed 2 vans with +200k miles) with a family of 2+kids from car carrier to drinking age. The best piece of advice we found by happenstance on a trip from FL to IL kids aged from toddler to preteen. We've since made it our rules, and it's worked out amazingly.
#1 Always get out of the car to eat.
It started with a stop at a Krystals connected to a gas station. We sat and ate in the "restaurant". We realized coming back out, we were "ready to hit the road" again. That short 20 minute change of scenery completely changed out perspectives. We ended up at a sit down restaurant by dinner after realizing how cathartic it was.
#2 Don't get hung up on how quickly you can get somewhere.
I have made the FL to IL trip more times than I can count. This time we decided, "You know, it's only a few more hours if we go via NC and OH. We've never been to those states... keep reading on reddit ➡
Long story but I’ll keep this brief.
My wife’s birthday was 2 weekends ago. We had planned to go on a long camping trip (6 days) and everything was all set and paid for.
Roughly 3 days before departing, my wife got into another huge fight with our 12 yo son. They’ve been getting into small arguments and butting heads more and more but nothing like this. Apparently he was playing Minecraft on her laptop and downloaded something that crashed the computer. Nothing too terrible but my wife was worried her computer was permanently broken.
So there was a pretty easy solution to everything: go to a repair shop. But like always it devolved into a massive fight between them because our son was adamant he didn’t do anything wrong and my wife was adamant he did.
It eventually got so bad my wife threatened to send him to stay with our neighbor by himself while we went on our trip if he doesn’t confess. He says fine leave without me. So my wife made up her mind to actually leave him with the... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have a half-sister “Diana”, who is more or less estranged from me (originally by her choice). Our dad married my mom three years after his late wife (Diana’s mom) passed away. Diana was 7 at the time but she bonded very quickly with my mom. They still have a good relationship. Our parents had me a year later. Growing up Diana made it very clear she did not consider me her sister. She even outright told me I would never be family multiple times growing up. When I was a kid this used to really hurt me, and our parents tried very hard to get us to bond and even sent us to family therapy, but it never seemed to make a difference to Diana.
When she was 24 (I was 16) she married a wealthy man. They had a destination wedding. As her husband was paying for everything, she refused to let me come and I was forced to stay at home for two weeks whilst the rest of our family (including cousins from my mom’s side) enjoyed themselves. She then showered our parents and other family members with ex... keep reading on reddit ➡
Like you control our schedules, our grades, what you teach, etc. The least you could do is let us go when the bell rings. But noooo, I have to go to class late because you feel like it. That stuff is so annoying.
This happened three years ago and my daughter "Mallory" still resents us for this. I'm asking now because my son is going to be starting the eighth grade next school year, permitting that schools will reopen again and this event isn't cancelled.
At my kid's school, there is a big annual spring break trip to New York City and Washington D.C. It's something that most of the kids, including my own, were looking forward to. When Mallory started the sixth grade, she talked about wanting to go on the trip. We said she could, so long as she got good grades and didn't get into trouble.
When she was in the seventh grade, her aunt Linda got engaged and set her wedding date for the following year. This was going to include a big family reunion with all the relatives because Linda was the last of my siblings to get married (big fat Catholic family), many of whom we haven't seen in years. Unfortunately, Linda planned her wedding to take place the same week as Mallory's 8th grade spring br... keep reading on reddit ➡
Someone will always inevitably ask "anyone up for some crucible" which basically means "you want to stay and cuddle"
I love the rush after beating a raid but man do I feel weird 2 minutes later as we're just lollygagging laps around the tower and I secretly just want to GTFO into my own tower session
I belong to a Mommy group that is all connected through my daughter´s homeschooling program. It is both a support group and a group for organizing events for our girls. My daughter is 15, and we have been a part of this group for five years. There are ten other girls in the group, and ten other mothers that participate.
We are currently organizing a 4 day camping trip for the girls. As soon as the trip was mentioned, the girls nominated our resident “Cool mom” to be their chaperone for the trip. I let this go in the initial stages of planning, as I thought as things fell into place we would work out who would actually chaperone. Well the girls are due to leave Saturday morning, and it was never explicitly discussed who would chaperone.
I posed the question to the group last night. Many of the other mothers thought it was understood that cool mom would chaperone because she is an artist (doesn’t have to work) and she was the one that the girls wanted to go with them the most. It was... keep reading on reddit ➡
We decided to take a small road trip to a city about 6 hours away. So we took Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada) which was the fastest route to our destination. On the particular leg of our journey that this story takes place in, we were passing through an Indigenous reserve. So Anna tells me that she needs to pee and asks me to pull over at the next chance I get. Now I needed to pee as well so I had been thinking about it for a while. I didn’t want to pull over and pee on Native land and here’s my reasons why. Firstly, it just feels disrespectful and distasteful to piss on Native land, where so many tragedies have taken place, and land that does not belong to us. And secondly , there were signs every couple kilometres saying “DUE TO COVID-19, NO STOPPING, NO SOLICITING, NO VISITING”. So obviously the natives didn’t want people there in the first place.
She said it doesn’t matter because it’s not like we’re being tourists, she’d just hop out for a piss then hop back in the car. I told her I wasn’t... keep reading on reddit ➡
Update OP deleted his Reddit account. He is now posting on Twitter that he received such backlash because of his race? I would assume it was making light and posting laughing emojis in response to the hospital situation in Florida but that’s just me. AND now he is blocking anyone that links to the ignorant comments he made on twitter. Literally trying to create a new reality where he is a victim that did nothing wrongLINK to archived comments. Unfortunately mods scrubbed a lot before it got archived.
Whole thread is entertaining A frequent poster and well known personality in the Disney parks world... keep reading on reddit ➡
I seriously think I’m the only one who ever did this
I (33F) had my son (14M) when I was pretty young. His father (32M) was my high school boyfriend and is constantly behind on child support, but it’s not that big of a deal since I make plenty of money as a plumber. Even though I could legally prevent my ex from seeing my son based on the custody agreement, I choose not to because my son still wants to see his dad, and his dad doesn't really mistreat him or anything, he just really sucks at keeping a job, hence the reason (one of many) he became my ex.
I bought out my company about two years ago, which recently gave me a lot more free time, so I finally started spending more quality time with my favorite little dude, even though I constantly have to remind myself that he’s taller than me now lol. I've always loved the outdoors, so over the past couple years, I've taken my son on countless hikes, camping trips, and we even climbed to the summit of a mountain together. We started having those long, deep talks about life beside the campfir... keep reading on reddit ➡
I (43M) get a call yesterday from my wife (44F) that my daughter (14) has been hospitalized for anorexia. She fainted while hiking with her boyfriend.
My wife says that our daughter wanted to talk to me, so she hands over the phone to our daughter and we talk for a bit.
My daughter asks that I come to the hospital, but I happen to be on business trip, and was scheduled to be in that city until August.
The associate (23F) that accompanied me from my office is relatively new to the firm, and I feel like I need to be there should questions come up on her end.
So I tell my daughter that I had work stuff I couldn’t miss, and that she needed to focus solely on herself.
She starts bawling and that sneaking feeling comes up once again that a lot of the destructive things she does is a ploy to get attention.
My wife accuses me of wanting to spend time with the new office hires, and for being part of our daughter’s problem.
Yet from where I’m sitting, my wife is the one who has been... keep reading on reddit ➡