His Niece Supported Him When No One Else Would, but When He Wanted to Reward Her Years Later, Other Relatives Accused Him of Favoritism

A man recently went online to ask if he was wrong for wanting to leave more to the niece who gave him the strength to keep building his business than to his other nieces and nephews. Here’s his story.

He had a large family

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“I have two sisters and one brother,” the man began. “From them, I have four nephews and two nieces. The most relevant is my oldest niece, whom I’ll call Kim.

He followed his dream

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“Back in my mid-thirties, I decided to quit my high-paying corporate job and start my own business. My parents and siblings were staunchly against it and took every opportunity to make fun of me, especially when I was struggling.”

It was tougher than expected

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The man found himself struggling and asked his parents for a loan, but they refused. They said they’d helped pay for college so he could get the good job that he’d walked away from.

His siblings closed the door

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The man’s siblings also warned him not to come asking them for money. They wanted to save for their children’s college funds.

She was there for him

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That Christmas, just when he was on the verge of giving up on his business dream, Kim, who was then only 12, gave him some office supplies and $50 of her own money as a Christmas gift.

His family wasn’t happy with a grown man accepting $50 from a child, but he said that Kim’s kindness gave him the strength he needed to persevere.

His dream came true

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After nearly five years of sweat and tears, the man’s business began to take off. Soon, he was taking home $20,000 every month.

He wanted to pay her back with interest

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The man wanted to thank Kim for her past kindness. When she graduated from high school, he told her that he would not only pay for her college, but he would also get her an apartment and treat her and her friends to an all-expenses-paid vacation if their scores were good enough.

His family weren’t happy

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Kim cried tears of joy, but the family was less thrilled. They accused the man of “playing favorites” with his nieces and nephews. The man stressed that he would give them stuff too.

She’d be his major benefactor

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Eventually, the topic of inheritance came up. The single and childless man said he intended to leave most of his estate to Kim. The family was furious, but he said she was the only one who backed him when everyone else was either mocking him or telling him to give up.

He asked the internet

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The man asked the internet whether he was doing the right thing or whether his family had a point.

The internet responded

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Most people backed the man. “What? They’re already fighting about your inheritance?” asked one. “It’s your money; it’s your decision what to do with it. Easy.”

But others weren’t so sure. “You’re basically putting your niece on a pedestal in comparison to her siblings, who weren’t even old enough to ‘support’ you,” reckoned another. “Quite frankly, it’s also kind of weird that you took $50 from a 12-year-old.”

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