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Oldest Sister Was Expected to Entertain the Younger Siblings on Vacation, But Her Nifty Passport Switch Got Her a Week of Solitude Instead.

When the original poster (OP), a seventeen-year-old girl, is repeatedly imposed upon to serve as an unpaid babysitter for her older sister’s children, she finally takes an unconventional route to secure her peace. Forced to carry the responsibility during her sister’s extended visits and even during a planned family vacation to Disneyland, she creates a diversion – a missing passport – ensuring a week of solitude at home. Will her quest for peace prove more troublesome than she’d expected?

Unexpected Caretaker

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OP, a 17-year-old girl, finds herself stuck in an unfair predicament. During the sister’s lengthy week-long visits, she’s forced to play the role of an unpaid nanny for her older sister’s children, aged five and three.

The Heavy Burden

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While the sister and parents seemingly enjoy their time carefree together, laughing and having adult conversations, the burden of childcare rests on OP’s shoulders. As OP approaches adulthood, she becomes more and more resentful.

Impromptu Restaurant Entertainer

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When the family decides to go out for meals, the role of entertaining the children falls on OP, as her mom prefers to spend time catching up with her sister and brother-in-law. This not only leaves OP with a sense of resentment but also increases the unfairness of the situation. OP feels taken advantage of and underappreciated.

Surprise Graduation Celebration

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OP’s parents decide to celebrate her graduation with a trip to Disneyland. The trip, which is presented as a special event for just the three of them, raises OP’s spirits. She looks forward to a week of celebration and escapes from her unpaid nanny duties.

Unwanted Travel Companions

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On reaching the airport, a surprise awaits OP: her sister’s family is also joining them on their trip to Disneyland. The unwelcome discovery dampens her excitement and brings back the fear of being saddled with babysitting duties.

The Undesirable Trip

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Suddenly, a sense of dread replaces OP’s anticipation for the trip. She envisions corralling two screaming children at Disneyland by herself instead of enjoying the rides and activities of her choosing.

Hidden Passport

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As a desperate measure to avoid the impending trip, OP stealthily stows her passport in her sock, fully aware of the ensuing chaos this act will bring. She hopes this act of defiance will provide an escape from her predicament.

Enough is Enough

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OP is determined to avoid another week of playing nanny, even if it means missing out on Disneyland. On the other hand, a week home alone sounds like a very appealing consolation prize.

Passport Pandemonium

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Once at the international security, OP’s passport is nowhere to be found. The family searches everywhere but to no avail. OP’s planned act of defiance successfully derails the trip, leading her to miss her flight and Uber home.

The Unwanted Solitude

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Instead of Disneyland, OP finds herself home alone, enjoying the much-desired peace and quiet. She feels relief, yet the fact she had to resort to such an extreme step to gain a breather troubles her.

Disappointed Mother

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OP’s mother, particularly disappointed, vents her frustration about the money wasted on her daughter’s missed flight and entrance fee. What was supposed to be an easy vacation has now turned stressful and cumbersome.

Social Media Accusations

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To add salt to the wound, OP’s mother and sister start posting on social media about the challenges they face at Disneyland without OP’s help. They put the blame on her, accusing her of being thoughtless and ruining the vacation.

The Understanding Father

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Amid the family chaos, OP’s father understands the motive behind her passport incident and, although he’s disappointed, expresses that he would’ve supported her had she confided in him. This revelation, while heartwarming, leaves OP feeling guilty.

Contemplation and Regret

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As she relishes her solitude, OP reflects on the money wasted on the trip, feeling a pang of guilt. Even though she had been to Disneyland before, and she’s sure she’ll visit again in the future, the cost of her actions weighs heavily on her. Yet, the relief of not having to take care of her nieces and nephews balances out her regret.

Was The Daughter’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts her story online for feedback. The readers in the community 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, “If your dad figured out what you did and understands why, he should advocate for you and tell your mom and sister that your function on earth is not to serve as your sister’s babysitter.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “Your father shouldn’t have gone along with the lie if he didn’t want to waste money. They ruined their own vacation for being liars and trying to use you.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “While Dad talks a good game now, he doesn’t get any brownie points for having left you to be the unpaid babysitter all these years with no backup and no support. He’s just as culpable in that whole mess as your mother and sister.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “Your mom and sister need a wake-up call. If they want you to babysit, you should be compensated. You should also have a right to say no. This whole situation is awfully unfair to you.”

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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