She tried to make things right when she found out her in-laws were harboring a family secret. They say she was out of line.
They’re Engaged to be Married
Lily, a 25-year-old woman, is engaged to a 32-year-old man, and they had been dating for four years before getting engaged last year.
Throughout their relationship, they have gotten along well with each other’s families and celebrated holidays together.
Families Delighted About the Engagement
When they announced their engagement, both of their families were happy for them.
A Secret Sister
Lily recently discovered her fiancé has a younger sister named Annie, who is 15 years old.
Curious About Annie
Despite frequently visiting her fiancé’s parents, she has never met Annie.
During a family dinner, she asked about her, but was met with hostility from her fiancé’s family, who told her not to mention her and to forget about her.
Shocked at the Hostility
This intense response shocked Lily, but she dropped the subject.
Fiancé Plays It Down
Later, Lily talked to her fiancé about it, but he brushed it off, saying Annie chooses not to be part of the family.
A Feeling That Something’s Not Right
Something felt off, so Lily tried to contact Annie to get to know her.
A Secret Meeting in a Cafe
They met in a cafe, and Lily discovered Annie is a sweet girl who is mute.
Annie can hear, but cannot talk.
They Won’t Accept Her Disabilities
Her parents refuse to accept this and have excluded Annie from family events until she speaks.
Sympathy for Annie
Lily sympathized with Annie and invited her to her wedding, hoping to show her that she deserves to be part of the family.
When she told her fiancé’s family about the invitation, he became angry and demanded she revoke it.
He claimed Annie did not deserve to be part of the family if she refused to talk to her.
Taking Sides With His family
Lily’s fiancé sided with his family and asked her to apologize for her behavior.
Would He Be a Bad Father?
Lily could not accept the mistreatment of Annie and worried about how her fiancé would treat their future children if they had a disability.
Advice From Friends
Some of her friends advised her to apologize and let it go to avoid damaging her relationship.
Stand Up for What You Believe In
Lily could not ignore Annie’s mistreatment and believed standing up for what is right was important.
A Red Flag
She wondered if her fiancé’s family’s treatment of Annie was indicative of a larger problem in their family dynamic and whether she could continue to be part of it if it were.
Call It Off!
One concerned user said, “Why aren’t you calling off this marriage after seeing how horrible your fiance and his family truly are? Imagine how they’ll treat your future children if they aren’t perfect?”
Another stated, “This is child abuse. You should call child protective services on the parents. Annie needs to get therapy and support for her disability.”
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