March 28, 2024 at 7:31 am

Half-Sisters Never Got Along, Now They’re Arguing Over Whose Version Of Their Childhood Is Correct

by Trisha Leigh

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So many people pin their hopes on blending families these days, but it’s something that – even if you do everything right and work really hard – often doesn’t go the way you want.

OP had a half sister who was awful to her as a child.

It was bad to the point that once her mother died, OP’s fits caused her parents to almost split up.

I (24F) have a half-sister (27F), we’ll call her Taylor.

My dad had weekend visitation with Taylor at our house until I was 8, and it was the worst.

She bullied me really badly any time I saw her, to the point that I would scream every time my dad even mentioned her coming over.

Even if we were kept apart, she would break my things, upset my pets, and tell lies about me.

Every week her mom would end up in the kitchen screaming at my parents.

To save their family, her dad sent her half-sister to boarding school.

Taylor’s mom died when she was 11. Her mom didn’t have any family able to take her in, and nor did my dad.

My dad was the only one who could get custody.

When I was told about this, I freaked out. Screaming, crying for hours, calling my grandparents and demanding to live with them, all of it.

My mom wasn’t willing to have Taylor in the house on that basis, and I’m pretty sure she said she would move out if my dad pushed the issue.

Taylor ended up being sent to boarding school the next year, and she would go to stay with other members of my dad’s family during breaks.

When her parents split up anyway, OP figured she would only have to see her half-sister occasionally.

When I was 14 my parents divorced, and I would see Taylor every few months at my dad’s during school breaks.

I’d learnt to stand up for myself and she’d grown up so there was no bullying, but we’d bicker – she was hostile and I never backed down.

I didn’t see her much after she went to college, and then I went to college far away as well.

Then, they ended up in the same small town with the same small-ish group of friends.

We now live in the same small city (I moved here in March). It’s the kind of place where everyone from each generation knows or knows of each other.

I had never encountered Taylor socially and never mentioned knowing her, but I had met her boyfriend and his friends are part of my larger social group.

The other night, I was at a party, and Taylor and her bf were there as well. We made eye contact and waved, but she pretty much avoided me all night.

During the night, our mutual friends asked how I know Taylor, and I said we are half sisters.

Their opposing stories about what their childhood was like is causing a rift in their friend group.

They all looked super uncomfortable and I pressed for an explanation.

Basically, Taylor’s been telling everyone that she was homeless as a kid because her stepmother and half-sister hated her and demanded she be shipped off to boarding school and made her dad ignore her.

Were it not for the fact that it was obviously going to come out sooner or later that we are related, I probably wouldn’t have bothered to set the record straight.

As it was, I’m going to be around these people for a long time, and I didn’t feel I should have had to walk around burdened by the weight of her lies. So I told the group the context.

She called me yesterday to yell at me. Apparently she’s being ostracised from the group, her relationship is in trouble, her career opportunities are in jeopardy, etc.

I don’t see how any of this is my fault because she’s the one who lied, but according to some people I should have been a bit more gentle in my retelling of the facts because it’s her ‘experience’ and I’ve basically blackballed her.

This person thinks their dad is the one who really dropped the ball.

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They say the bottom line is that the half-sister was failed, start to finish.

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If they want to move forward it’s going to be a lot of work.

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It is a tough situation, no matter how you slice it.

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I don’t know about this one.

We’re only getting one (biased) side of the story, after all.

If you thought that was an interesting story, check out what happened when a family gave their in-laws a free place to stay in exchange for babysitting, but things changed when they don’t hold up their end of the bargain.