He Knew Telling His Teenage Nephew the Truth About His Relationship with His Aunt Could Tear the Family Apart, but He Told Him Anyway

A man recently went online to ask if he’d been wrong to reveal to his teenage nephew the potentially damaging truth about why his aunt had never been close to him. Here’s his story.

His wife nearly died

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“When my wife, who’s now 40, was 17, she and her dad were involved in a traumatic accident,” the man began. “Her father was killed, and she ended up in a coma for two years.”

She would never fully heal

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“She has healed from the physical injuries as much as she ever will, but we’re still working on her mental health because it’s very bad.”

His sister-in-law honored her father

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The man explained that two years after his wife had woken up, her older sister had given birth to a son, whom she’d named James after her late father.

It spelled trouble

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Everyone — the man, his wife, his wife’s mother, his wife’s brother, and even the father of the child — had tried to convince the woman that it was a name choice that wouldn’t end well, but she insisted.

His wife was distant

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Over the years, the man and his wife gained another six nieces and nephews through the woman’s siblings. They enjoyed a close relationship with all of them, except James.

The man explained that although his wife loved James, his name would remind her of her father and of the horrific accident that had killed him and so severely injured her.

He defended her

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The man stressed that his wife wouldn’t treat James “like a pariah,” but she was a little more closed off to him than her other nieces and nephews, maybe seeing a little less of him and being less affectionate.

His nephew wanted answers

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When James was 18, he asked the man why his aunt had always been more distant from him.

The man told him

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The man knew that telling the truth might jeopardize James’ relationship with his mother, but he decided to tell him.

His nephew reacted badly

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On learning the truth behind his name and its consequences, James got so mad at his mother that he stormed out of their house and went to stay with his grandmother.

His sister-in-law blamed him

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The man said that his sister-in-law was angry at him for making her out to be a “villain” to her son. She had always told him that his aunt had never bonded with him because he had been born so soon after the fateful accident.

Was he wrong?

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Unsure of whether he’d done the right thing or not, the man asked the online community for their thoughts.

The internet responded

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The man’s story drew a mixed response. “By saying the only issue is his name, you’re squarely placing the blame on his mother. It’s vindictive, dishonest, and does no favors to anyone. A factor? Sure. The only reason? Nope.”

“I feel for your sister-in-law, said another. “It seems like her grief was sidelined in favor of her sister; she wasn’t supposed to honor her late father because of her sister, and even 18 years later, everyone is still blaming her for her sister’s poor mental health.”

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