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She Flew 1,500 Miles For a Family Reunion, But When She Tried to Leave Early, She Learned at the Airport Her Mother Cancelled Their Flight Home.

In a harrowing tale of family relationships strained by distance and manipulation, the Original Poster (OP) narrates an eventful visit to her parents’ home located 1,500 miles away. The trip, marred by uncomfortable accommodations and distressing incidents, including the forceful dunking of her teenage daughter in a pool by her grandparents, reaches a climax when OP discovers their return flights have been mysteriously canceled. Stranded at the airport, with escalating costs and two terrified teenagers, the OP must make a crucial decision that could irrevocably alter their family dynamics.

Long-Distance Family Visits

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OP arranges a visit to her parents, who live 1,500 miles away. She plans the trip meticulously, offering to cover car rental, hotel stay, and outings while the parents would take care of the airline tickets. This arrangement has worked in the past with reimbursement agreements, mainly because the parents want the mileage rewards.

The Uncomfortable Sleeping Arrangements

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On arrival, OP and her children are taken aback by their sleeping conditions. They are offered a yoga mat and a foam roller as sleeping options. Despite considering buying air mattresses due to the discomfort, OP chooses not to upset her mother further and decides to bear with the situation.

Unplanned Labor

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On the third day, OP’s son is made to clean the horse paddocks all morning, which isn’t part of their plan. This unexpected labor is physically exhausting and leaves the family desiring rest and relaxation. However, the mother announces plans to visit the community pool.

The Crowded Pool Outing

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Despite having gone swimming multiple times already, the family is coerced into visiting a crowded community pool on a holiday weekend. OP and her son decide not to swim, while OP’s daughter opts to sit on the edge with her feet in the water. Her grandmother, however, has different plans.

A Forced Swim

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The grandparents start pressuring the daughter to swim, ignoring her clear refusal. Eventually, they physically force her into the water. Despite her fear and discomfort, she tries to put on a brave face, staying in the water for about ten minutes before escaping to her mother.

The Fallout

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Once the daughter reveals what happened, OP is furious and confronts her parents. The discussion doesn’t go well, with the grandparents belittling their daughter’s fears and discomfort. Seeing the emotional and physical harm her parents inflicted on her daughter, OP decides to leave.

The Hasty Departure

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OP instructs her children to pack up their belongings, asserting that such abusive behavior, even from family, isn’t tolerable. As they are leaving, the grandparents force the children to hug them, accusing OP of being a bad parent. Unfazed, OP continues with the exit plan, driving to the airport.

The Canceled Flight

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Upon arriving at the airport, OP finds that all their flights have been mysteriously canceled. With no other options, she approaches customer service for help. They manage to repurchase two tickets, but one has already been resold.

The Unexpected Solution

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Just when it seems like one family member would be left behind, the airline agent upgrades one of their tickets to business class at no additional cost. This unexpected act of kindness allows the entire family to board their flight and leave. The relief is palpable, but the ordeal isn’t over yet.

The Backlash at Home

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Once home, OP’s husband is furious about the incident and decides that his children will never revisit their grandparents. The horrifying experience forces OP to acknowledge her mother’s manipulative tendencies that she has endured since their teenage years.

The Realization

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OP realizes that her mother’s manipulative behavior targeted her daughter during the trip. The demeaning comments finally make OP cry for the second time in 20 years. As a result, both of her children block their grandparents on all social media sites.

The Financial Burden

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The financial impact of the incident weighs heavy on OP. The unexpected flight cancellations led to considerable expense just to get the family home safely. However, the urgency to leave and the comfort of being with loved ones justified the cost for OP.

To Confront or Not to Confront

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OP remains torn about how to handle the situation moving forward. She considers sending a final message detailing the flight cancellation incident and then blocking her mother. The uncertain future of the relationship between OP, her children, and her mother hangs in the balance.

Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts her story online for feedback. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “You are under responding and downplaying the physical and emotional abuse your children experienced children due to the years of abuse you suffered and the years of programming your parents put you through.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “She doesn’t ever deserve to see your kids again. Block her and go in with your life.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “Take your children’s lead and just block them. She can find out about her rewards on her own. I’m sorry they put you and your children in these situations; it sounds like an ordeal from start to finish.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “You’re allowing the generational abuse to continue. Not making a stand shows your kids that sometimes it’s okay to be abused.”

What Do You Think?

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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.

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