A user asked the Reddit community if they were wrong for telling their parents they felt like their brother chose to pick up a new puppy over attending her graduation.
A One-Sided Relationship
The Original Poster (OP) shared that her brother (26m) did not reciprocate the same level of friendship during their childhood.
OP was awkward as a kid, and she often trailed her brother’s friend groups, even though some of them bullied her.
Bullied Not Protected
Despite her brother’s failure to protect her from bullies, OP forgave him as he was still friendly and enjoyable when they were alone.
Her brother had a separate social life that did not include her, and OP did not force herself into his friend groups.
When alone, they would hang out regularly and act friendly towards each other, such as playing video games together.
He Wasn’t as Invested
During their teenage years, OP started buying her brother birthday and Christmas presents, despite him not reciprocating the gesture.
Their parents suggested that the reason for his lack of gifts was due to his younger age, but OP has yet to receive a gift from him.
Keeping in Touch
As adults, OP occasionally calls and texts her brother to check in, but he does not initiate contact.
Despite putting more effort into the relationship, OP loves her brother and accepts him for who he is.
Invite to Graduation
OP extended an invitation to celebrate her graduation from graduate school with her entire family, covering the cost of their plane tickets and hotel rooms for the event.
Her Brother Wouldn’t Attend
Despite planning for months, her brother called to inform her that he would not be able to attend because he was picking up a new puppy the day before the graduation ceremony.
This news deeply saddened OP, causing her to feel a sense of disappointment.
Her brother initially agreed to attend her graduation before she bought the hotel and plane tickets, and OP did not assume he would be there.
OP inquired if her brother could reschedule the puppy pickup to another day and still attend her graduation celebration, but he refused and asked her to cancel his reservations.
Enough Is Enough
After the conversation, OP made the decision to end their , even though she once regarded him as her closest friend.
During a conversation with her mother, OP revealed that her brother would not be attending her graduation celebration due to a new puppy.
Her mother expressed disappointment but was not surprised by the news.
Later, OP’s brother contacted her, sounding sad, and criticized her for sharing the information with their mother.
He called OP out for telling the truth, and they have not spoken since.
Although OP spoke in anger and bitterness, she now feels guilty, as she has always been forgiving towards her brother, and has never heard him sound so upset on the phone.
OP questions if she was in the wrong for revealing the truth to their mother.
Was She in the Wrong?
Several Reddit users have commented on the situation citing a variety of opinions. Some users believe that OP is not in the wrong for telling the truth about her brother’s choice and behavior, arguing that he cared more about how people saw his actions than their impact.
One user wrote, “If he didn’t want you telling people he backed out of your graduation festivities to get a dog, he shouldn’t have backed out of your graduation festivities to get a dog.”
Others suggest that OP’s relationship with her brother is unhealthy and she should consider backing off.
One user believes that the situation is unclear and that both parties may be at fault.
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