He caught his dad cheating on his mom and despite being young, knew it was wrong. However, this was only the start of it, as the secrets emerged this family would be torn apart and it was the kids who would suffer.
He Witnessed Something as a Child
The Original Poster (OP) is a 20-year-old who revealed a shocking incident he saw when he was just a child.
OP was seven at the time when he walked in on his father kissing a woman who wasn’t his mother.
OP was shocked, confused, felt sick, and started crying out loud.
His Dad Tried to Confuse Him
His dad was trying to calm him down and persuade him that OP wasn’t seeing what he thought he was seeing as the woman fled.
Innocent, Not Stupid!
Even though OP couldn’t fully comprehend what was going on, OP says he was innocent but not stupid, and he knew that his mother, who was out of town at the time, would be upset if she heard what happened.
Our Little Secret
OP’s dad spent the remainder of the day trying to persuade OP not to say anything to his mom when she returned.
His Brother Already Knew
Plus, his older brother, Tom, who was 14 at the time, told OP that it was better to keep quiet and not hurt their mom’s feelings.
He Couldn’t Eat
When OP’s mom returned, OP remained silent but found it difficult to both eat and be near her.
His dad dismissed his mother’s concerns saying that OP might be ill.
He Couldn’t Keep It In
After roughly three days of keeping it a secret, OP finally broke down in front of his classmates at school as his instructor discussed the value of honesty.
It’s Not Your Fault!
P’s mother visited the school, and OP ended up crying as he told her everything.
OP’s mom was shocked and sad, but she held OP up, comforted him, and assured him that nothing was his fault.
He’d Known For a Year
Later that day, when OP’s mom confronted his father, it was revealed that Tom had been aware of the situation for at least a year but had kept quiet about it.
OP’s mother was hurt but didn’t say anything.
His Parents Divorced
The parents eventually got divorced. When they finally sold the house, Tom blamed OP for the divorce. That’s when their mother finally snapped at Tom.
Different Custody Arrangements
In contrast to how mom fought for main custody of OP, she didn’t fight for custody of Tom and ended up with a 50/50 split.
OP’s mother continued to communicate with Tom over the years and made an effort to build a relationship with him, but it wasn’t the same as it was with OP.
OP would receive the majority of her care and attention because, according to her, teenage guys don’t need their mothers as much as younger children do.
She Couldn’t Trust Her Own Son
When OP finally questioned his mother why she treated Tom differently from him, she admitted that she had been upset by Tom’s willingness to keep quiet about their father’s affair and cover for him once before.
OP’s mother acknowledged that even though she still loved Tom, she didn’t have the heart to rely on him again fully.
Instead, she chose to keep her distance in case he ever let her down again.
OP said that hearing it made him upset, but he also understood it.
Rant Cut Short
Tom has recently been ranting about how their mom was unfair, and OP snapped at him, saying it was his fault for being more devoted to their cheating dad than to their mom, who had been treated unfairly.
He Felt Bad for His Brother
OP felt bad about what he said to Tom and took to Reddit to ask for opinions. Thousands of comments came in with split views.
Kids are the Victims
Several Redditors sided with OP, saying that both OP and Tom are not wrong and their father is the jerk here.
The comment went on to say that Tom was young and under the same pressure as OP, and their dad is in the wrong for putting that pressure on him, and later on, OP.
Burdening the Child
Another Reddit user pointed out that both the mom and dad are wrong here. The comment read, “Your dad is wrong for putting that burden on a child.
He Was Only a Kid!
He used his position of “power” to manipulate a child into keeping a secret and your mum is awful for punishing a child for doing what a parent asked him to do and not realizing that he was let down too.
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