After losing her husband 11 years ago, the Original Poster (OP) has worked diligently to raise her three daughters—Lucy, Diane, and Rosa. However, Lucy’s troubling behavior reaches a boiling point when she steals and pawns family heirloom jewelry belonging to her sisters. Faced with this betrayal, OP must make a gut-wrenching decision that could tear the family apart.
The Devastating Loss
Eleven years ago, OP’s husband died in a work accident, leaving her with three daughters—Lucy, Diane, and Rosa—to raise alone. The shock reverberated through the family, leaving them devastated.
OP returned to work, and her parents stepped in to help with the children. Over time, OP improved the family’s financial situation through promotions and pay raises. She worked hard, and her parents continued to help.
Lucy Comes of Age
When Lucy turned 18 and graduated high school, OP noticed that her behavior began to change. She started mingling with questionable characters and distanced herself from family values. OP was puzzled and concerned.
The Downward Spiral
Lucy’s behavior worsened, involving heavy smoking, drinking, and suspected hard drug use. She treated the family home disrespectfully, as if it were a mere lodging place. OP was at a loss on how to handle the situation.
A Mother’s Attempt
OP tried to get Lucy into rehab and therapy to address the drinking and drugs, desperate to see a change. Each time the subject was broached, Lucy vehemently refused and displayed anger. OP felt her options narrowing.
Despite living rent-free at home, Lucy squandered her retail job income on frivolous expenditures. She bought her own groceries but wasted the rest, showing no signs of financial responsibility.
An Heirloom Disappears
Three weeks ago, Diane and Rosa discovered that their valuable family heirloom jewelry was missing. The pieces were inherited from their late paternal grandmother and had been in the family for generations. The sisters were heartbroken.
OP immediately suspected Lucy and questioned her about the missing jewelry. Initially, Lucy denied any knowledge, but under pressure, she finally admitted to stealing and pawning the jewelry.
A Mother’s Heartbreak
Though OP had suspected Lucy, the confession still came as a blow, confirming her worst fears. OP found it unimaginable that her own daughter could stoop so low after she tried her best to raise her right.
In light of this betrayal, OP decided to kick Lucy out of the home. She gave her three days to leave, considering the impact of Lucy’s actions on Diane and Rosa. She wasted no time and left the next day.
Lucy found refuge at OP’s parents’ house, setting the stage for the next chapter of family dynamics. OP’s parents accused her of being a terrible mother for kicking out Lucy. They believed she was playing favorites among her daughters.
Diane and Rosa’s Reaction
Diane and Rosa were both relieved and saddened by Lucy’s departure from the household. While they missed their sister, they also understood the risks of keeping her around, especially given her recent behavior.
A Home in Disarray
The family home felt empty without Lucy but also less chaotic. OP noted the absence but thought she had made the necessary decision for the sake of Diane and Rosa and her own sanity and peace of mind.
The situation took a toll on the relationship between OP and her parents. The grandparents stood by Lucy, causing friction and raising questions about family loyalty. Diane and Rosa seemed to fare better in Lucy’s absence.
In Search of Solutions
The relationship between the sisters remained a complicated issue. The theft had caused a rift that seemed challenging to mend. Despite everything, OP is still worried about Lucy’s well-being. She wondered how to help her daughter turn her life around.
A Fractured Family
The events left the family in a state of fracture. As OP looked at her remaining two daughters at home, she knew the road to reconciliation and healing was long and uncertain. She hoped she had made the right decision by separating her oldest child.
Was The Mother’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posted her story online for feedback and judgment from the internet community. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.
One reader said, “If they are heirlooms gifted to your daughters, you need to report the jewelry as stolen. Local police get pawn sheets from local pawn stores and check them against stolen property reports.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “Do not lose those family heirlooms that belong to your other daughters because of Lucy’s dishonest behavior. Track them down.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “If you do not hold your oldest daughter legally responsible for the theft she committed to return the stolen property to your younger daughters, you will fundamentally and clearly favor your older daughter over your younger two.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “Please file a police report so they can help you recover the items. Call around to pawn shops and try to track down the stolen items. Good luck!”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.