Blood is thicker and messier than water
Families are supposed to be the support system on which healthy relationships can be formed. It’s the basis for creating well-rounded, stable people, but we all know that not every family is picture-perfect. Far beyond the typical black sheep, people can have such extreme dysfunction in a family unit that leaving them far behind is the only way to escape their damaging wiles.
Blood (and Money) Brothers
One of my uncles borrowed $20,000 from my other more successful uncle to start a business and refuses to pay his more successful brother back because he’s “got so much money already.” The more successful uncle refuses to sue him because that’s not what family does, but they are no longer on speaking terms. (Hyperdrunk)
My grandmother said she needed a place to stay one night due to issues with her housemate. She slept on the couch… for the next ten years. Made no effort to get her own place despite having a very good retirement income and still working part time as a nurse. Loved to hit the casino though. (biggiefoxie)
Last week my mother and sister were visiting. One day I go out shopping with my sister, who is 13, and we got talking about her dad, my former stepdad. I tell her, “Don’t you hate it when (her dad) takes his tax?” My sister looked at me really funny and asked me to elaborate.
I tell her about how he used to demand 15% of everything I got when I was living with my parents while they were married. 15% of my Halloween candy, 15% of my money from my lemonade stand when I was 9, 15% of my tip and wage from my waitressing job when I was 18 on top of paying rent (about 700$ a month). He even demanded my food when I made dinner (I have specific allergies so I needed to eat separate food from my family).
My sister was shocked and I realized he had only ever done it to me. It was quite jarring to realize I was the only one he was targeting. (Razadragon)