Some families love each other. Some families hate each other. Some families love to hate each other. They say you don't get to pick your family. Which probably accounts for so much family drama. One Reddit user recently asked the question, "what's your story of epic family drama?" The results were, for lack of a better word, dramatic.
"My younger sister married a nice, respectable young man (who, finally, is not a cousin or an uncle). His mom, named Becky, had a 15 year affair with my uncle, whose wife's name is also Becky. The uncle she had been having the affair with has been the pastor of the small town church that the whole family religiously has been attending for the past 25 years. Somehow, neither the church nor his wife thought that was bad enough to leave him over, so the rest of the family isn't going to either." - Reddit user sesquipedalianlike.
Some people aren't attracted to a type. They're attracted to a name. No judgements on whatever you're into!
"Aunt 1 made an offer for the house that's 50,000 lower than the price a 3rd party offered. And 70,000 less than they need to pay off all debt. She is now angry at Aunt 2 and dad because they told mother it was 'the dumbest thing she could do.'" - Reddit user roguetroll.
Don't dish it if you can't take it. And don't sell a house for less than it's worth if you can't take it either!
"My family got really really mad because I kept on taking the mayo into my room for....reasons and they wouldn't use it anymore because I would leave it out in my room after I was done. They almost kicked me out of [their] house but then I realized that I have a job and money and bought a mini fridge for my room that I could stock with my own mayo. I still live happily in my parents house, they have their mayo and I have mine in close proximity to my bedroom." - Reddit user JERKS_OFF_WITH_MAYO.
"My mother remarried when I was a senior in high school. Her husband's son (about my age) fell in love with and married my mother's sister's daughter. To clarify, my step-brother is married to my first cousin. Their kids don't help make Christmas any less awkward, now that mom and my aunt are both Grandma to the same kids." - Reddit user sesquipedalianlike.
This must make Christmas simultaneously easier and more confusing!
"My dad and uncle never really knew their dad. They just knew of him and that he was a Dutch sailor. Jump ahead 30 years, my dad and uncle have completely given up on ever meeting the man. My uncle is on holiday in Greece sharing a villa with a Dutch family. They get talking and my uncle mentions that his dad was Dutch and tells them his name. The holiday continues, the Dutch family go home. A few days later my uncle gets a phone call from the villa. (The Dutch family have gone home and told my uncles story to a friend. The friend knows who this man is). My uncle picks up the phone. 'Hello, I believe I am your father.' What are the odds." - Reddit user jabbazee.
BRB, just heading to Vegas to try our odds real fast...
"My cousin... was caught stealing from my grandmother's house at a family gathering. She publicly confronted him and moved to grab back the stuff he was making off with, and he responded by throwing a pottery jug... thing, at her.
She was knocked backwards against the mantle, where there were lit candles, proceeded to catch on fire, then stepped right back forwards and beat the crap out of him while still on fire before finally taking off her flaming shawl and stomping it out.
I've gotta say, the sight of a little old lady wreathed in flames and stepping back forwards to deliver retribution was pretty badass." - Reddit user Gluttony4.
Dang, someone's taking the phrase "flaming mad" a bit literally!
"In one year's time we had two close family relatives die that were hoarders. I'm talking floor to ceiling, nowhere to sit, numerous dead rats, only one walkway in a 2000 sq ft. home, have to wear a mask hoarding. We literally had to dig our way out of the house. Because of the family dynamics, the task landed primarily on me and my husband...
Funny enough, a family friend is dying of cancer (that's not the funny part). When we sat our daughter down to let her know her first comment was, "Oh no, another house to clean." It took us a second, but we realized that we had to clean a hoarded house every time someone she knew died. She was EXTREMELY relieved to know that's not how it works every time." - Reddit user KarmicEnigma.
You know you have a problem when explaining death to your child is the easy part.
"My family is undergoing a bit of drama right now with one of my younger sisters. She is 18, and she and her 18-year-old boyfriend have decided to get married and recently set their wedding date for May.... it's also just 2 weeks before my other sister's wedding. The younger sister is using the same colors as the older sister, similar type wedding dress, and various other things that have the appearance of copycatting." - Reddit user 5peasinapod.
You never grow out of sibling rivalry. Sometimes you grow into it.
"My great aunt left my great uncle for my uncle. She basically left her husband to marry her nephew who is over 20 years her junior. None of her children talk to her anymore and my uncle was basically cast out of the family. Everybody considers it a huge tragedy." - Reddit user Ievadabadoo.
Sigh. Sometimes the branches of your family tree grow inwards.
"Aren't they all petty unimportant stuff? I mean I have uncles (brothers among themselves) I've seen fight and pull out knives while yelling about intent of killing the other, but the whole thing just becomes so much less interesting once you realize what it's even about." - Reddit user DVteCrazy_UVteS-hole.
How bad does it have to be when knife fights are boring? Very bad? That makes sense.
"My grandmother had 4 children with her first husband. He died. She remarried, and had 4 more children with her new husband. New husband raised the other children as his own. When new husband had an aneurysm and needed blood all of the children (adults at the time) gave blood and were typed to see if they were a match. Child 3 with the first husband finds out first husband was not her biological father." - Reddit user Crabbyhabby.
But the bigger surprise was finding out that they were blood type O negative.