Her Grandmother Promised to Take Her to Broadway When She Graduated, but When the Time Came, She Was Told She Had to Pay Her Own Way 

A young woman recently asked for some advice after a planned trip changed so drastically that she no longer wanted to go. Here’s what happened.

She Loved Musicals

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When the now-17-year-old was around 13, she developed a real love of musicals and musical theater and would spend many a happy hour watching movies and listening to cast recordings.

Lockdown Gave Her More Time

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When lockdown happened, the young woman’s hobby became her real passion. She said, “It was a great way to escape into something else when I was feeling lonely and closed off, and it really helped me emotionally through the entire ordeal.”

She Wanted to Visit Broadway

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This led to the young woman deciding she wanted to go to Broadway and see a show live in a theater.

Her Grandmother Asked Her

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When she was a freshman in high school, her grandmother asked what she wanted as a gift when she graduated, and she immediately said she wanted a trip to Broadway.

She Started Planning

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The young woman’s grandmother agreed, and they both started planning their exciting trip. It would be the young woman, her grandmother, and her mom who went to New York.

She Heard Things Had Changed

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Over the years, the young woman and his grandmother would excitedly talk about their trip on and off, making plans. But on a recent phone call to her grandmother, she learned that their long-standing plans had changed.

She Asked if She’d Been Saving

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The young woman’s grandmother asked if she’d saved enough money for her ticket to Broadway. “I asked what she meant because I thought with the trip being a gift, it meant my ticket would be paid for,” the young woman said.

She Wanted Her to Pay

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The young woman’s grandmother told her that the gift was her taking her on the trip but that she still needed to pay for it. It wouldn’t be fair to the others.

She Wanted to Know Who the Others Were

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The young woman’s grandmother told her that she had invited her two aunts, her uncle, and all their kids, and since they had to pay for themselves, so did she.

It Was Meant to Be a Small Trip

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The young woman was upset because the trip was meant to be just her, her mom, and her grandmother, and getting to spend some time with them. She said, “I live with my father and see his family more.”

It Would Be Chaos

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Knowing her family, the young woman knew the trip would descend into chaos; no one was ever on time, and some of the younger kids wouldn’t be able to sit through a musical in a theater.

She Didn’t Want to Go

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All of that, plus the fact that she couldn’t afford to pay for the trip, left the young woman wanting to tell her grandmother she no longer wanted to go, but she was worried it would upset her.

Was She Wrong?

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Was the young woman wrong to be upset that the plans for the trip had changed, or should her grandmother not have invited so many other people?

The Internet Responded

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One person said, “I think you just need to tell her you can’t afford it, so you’re not going. Let them go take their chaotic nightmare of a trip!”

Another said, “This doesn’t sound like much of a gift, to be honest.”

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