She Doesn’t Think Her Family Respects Her, So When a Gift Turned Up Addressed to Her Mom and Not Her, She Finally Had Enough

A 28-year-old woman in Texas got a personalized pillowcase as a gift from her aunt and uncle. However, she was upset to find out that the package was addressed to her mother instead. Here’s what happened.

Not Close with Family

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When she was younger, the woman believed she had a close relationship with her mother’s side of the family. But as she got older, she realized they didn’t seem to care about her as much as she thought.

There Was Limited Communication

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“Up until last year, we all lived in Iowa within 30 minutes of each other. So if there was a holiday that they were hosting, they would invite my mom and expect her to invite me instead of reaching out to me themselves,” the woman explained.

The Neglect Continued

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Even after her mother moved to California, the pattern went on. Her older cousins, who were more than ten years older than her, would invite her mother to their children’s events and assume she would pass along the invitation.

She Wasn’t Sure Why

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The woman was unsure if her family still saw her as the youngest and treated her accordingly or if they simply didn’t want her around. Although they were pleasant during family gatherings, she felt excluded.

The Last Straw

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She continued to endure everything until she couldn’t anymore. “Getting this package that has absolutely nothing to do with my mom (who again lives three states away from me) yet was addressed to her just seems like the last straw to me.” she expressed bitterly.

She Considered Returning the Gift

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She thought about sending the package back to her aunt and uncle with a letter expressing her feelings. However, she knew she couldn’t return the personalized gift itself but doesn’t want a constant reminder of her family’s lack of concern.

The Family Was Aware

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Both she and her mother had told the family members that they could reach out to her directly, but they continued to direct questions about her, her husband, and their children to her mother.

She Got Fed Up

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The woman was tired of her extended family not treating her as an independent adult. She yearned for respect and recognition without having to feel unseen. They had treated her this way since her childhood, and she was tired of it.

She Wanted to Be Treated as a Grown Up

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While she was frustrated, she was conflicted because she understood that most people, especially her family, did not think the issue was serious. But she was so frustrated with how her family treated her.

Online People Responded

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One user said, “Honestly, I am not going to judge you, but I think you are overreacting to send the gift back. Send them a thank you note addressed to their mom.”

Another said, “How old is your aunt/uncle/whoever addressed the package? Could it have been a slip of the mind? She meant to write your name but wrote your mom’s. I have an aunt who calls me by my mom’s name at least 50% of the time – it’s not malicious. My mom and aunt are getting older, and she has over a dozen nieces and nephews to keep straight.”

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