The love of a mother is constantly with her kids. One of the worst pains a heart can feel is the loss of a mother. It’s much more difficult when one’s father moves on quickly and attempts to bring in a new family member like in this story. Read the whole story and what would you do in this situation?
I’m 16F. My mom died 3 years ago. She had a rough life growing up and had a lot of mental fallout from that, but she was a good person and did her best. My dad moved on really quickly (REALLY quickly, like 3 months after the funeral) and married Kate a year ago. I’ll be honest, I really dislike Kate and her two oldest kids (13M, 12F). I do like the youngest Mark (9M), that’s really the only good thing about the situation. He gets bullied by the older two on the regular, so I let him hang out in my room most of the time and he talks to me about stuff.
Kate’s family visited for Christmas. This time of year is rough because it’s when my mom died, so I didn’t feel much like socializing so I stayed in my room a lot. Kate’s family made some comments about it and my dad kept trying to get me to come out and do things, but I just didn’t want to be around them. Mark came into my room on Christmas Eve looking like he was about to cry and gave me a hug. He said he didn’t think my mom was a bad person and he didn’t want me to go anywhere. Turns out that when I turned down playing games and went to my room after dinner Kate and her family talked about me and said I was going to be just like my mom and some things about her that I can’t repeat. Mark overheard it and got upset.
Mad isn’t a strong enough word. I calmed Mark down and the next morning refused to come out to open presents. I told my dad what Mark told me (but not that it was Mark who told me) and he said we would talk about it later after they left. I told him I didn’t want to see them. Finally, he made me go downstairs, but I just sat in silence and only unwrapped my gift from Mark. It was really awkward. Kate tried to talk to me to find out what was wrong and I ignored her and went back to my room. I haven’t spoken to her since and I avoid the older kids.
My dad says that while what they said was wrong, it’s my own fault for eavesdropping and I was unnecessarily rude. I still haven’t opened my presents and he threatened to take them back and I said go ahead. Kate apologized, but I know she’s only sorry she got caught. The only one who doesn’t think I’m an AH is Mark and he got in trouble for talking back to his mom over the whole thing so now I feel bad.
Am I Overreacting ?
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