OP (Original Poster) thought their upcoming vacation was just for her. But lo and behold, her mom lied, and they were actually planning to have her babysit her sister’s kids during the whole trip!
OP is a 17-year-old who still lives with her parents. On the other hand, her sister is 28 and has two kids, aged 5 and 3.
Babysitting Her Children
Whenever her sister came over to visit their parents, OP was almost always tasked to babysit the kids.
She said her sister would “stick” her with kids.
Longer Than She’d Want To
For OP, this was generally fine—if her sister only stayed for one evening. The problem was that she would stay for a week.
And, unfortunately, OP would be an “unpaid nanny” for that whole week.
She shared that when they went to a restaurant, OP would have to entertain the kids because her mom “needs” to talk to her sister and brother-in-law.
OP wrote, “You get the picture.”
Then, OP shared that one day, her parents decided to go on a trip with her. They said that since it was her “last summer before becoming an adult,” they’d be going to Disneyland to celebrate her graduation.
OP was worried about her sister’s family being there. So she asked who was going, and they assured her that it would just be OP, her mom, and her dad.
It’s Just a Scheme
However, when they got to the airport, OP immediately saw her sister and her family. She said, “Strangely enough, they were also going to Disneyland.”
Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures
With no time left to think, OP immediately went into her backpack. Then, she grabbed her passport and put it in her sock!
It’s Not Here
When they got to the immigration area, OP said she couldn’t find her passport. OP wrote, “We looked everywhere. I had to Uber home, and I missed my flight.”
From the outside, people might think OP’s missing out on an exciting family vacation. But for her, she’s anything but.
OP wrote, “Oh well. I get to stay home by myself for a week of peace and quiet.”
Understandably, OP’s parents were furious about her losing her passport. After all, the money they spent on her plane tickets and entrance fees was gone.
However, OP doesn’t regret her decision one bit!
You Ruined Our Vacation!
Later, OP’s mom and sister posted on Facebook about “how hard it is to be at Disneyland with two little ones.”
They even said that OP ruined the vacation by “being so thoughtless!”
I Know What You Did
Even if OP’s mom and sister seemed clueless about what she did, her dad knew everything that transpired.
She said, “My dad says he knows why I did it, and he understands. But he says I should have let him know so he didn’t waste money. He said he would have gone along with my ruse.”
There’s Always a Next Time
Though OP felt bad about wasting money, she would never regret not going.
She wrote, “I have been to Disneyland before. And I will go again later by myself or with friends.”
Redditors’ Opinions on the Matter
People told OP to stand by her decision. Better yet, she should tell everyone how she truly felt.
This Redditor wrote, “Not the a**hole. But if they posted on social media, say, ‘Wait. I ruined the vacation because I was supposed to help with the kids or take care of them myself? So this wasn’t about me?’”
Another agreed and said, “Yeah. Reply with, ‘Oh, I’m sorry I ruined your vacation. If you had only let me know in advance that you didn’t, in fact, plan this vacation as a celebration for my graduation as you told me but only wanted me there as your unpaid full-time babysitter, I’d have made more of an effort to be there.’ Not the a**hole.”
Does OP deserve the way she’s treated? What advice would you give her?
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This post first appeared as A 17-Year-Old Hid Her Passport in Her Sock and Deliberately Missed Her Flight After She Realized She’d Be Forced to Babysit Her Sister’s Kids at Disneyland. It’s the Perfect Ruse! on Quote Ambition.