1. Sleeping Too Much

My mom waited till I was thirty to tell me that my dad gave me sleeping pills when I was in elementary school so he could leave me by myself in order to have an affair with our neighbor who lived down the street all while my mom was off fighting in Iraq. 

Things have just become so much clearer for me. Gosh I hate my dad.

2. Sibling Rivalry 

When I was 13 my mom and I walked in our aunt trying to steal our television. When my mom tried to stop her my aunt pulled out a knife on us. My uncle who had dropped off my aunt was waiting outside in the car. After he heard the commotion he drove through our lawn and his car hit the corner of the house. He leapt out of the car and attacked my aunt.

My vision of our family was never the same after that day. 

I was told that my aunt had a substance abuse issue and was looking to steal our stuff in order to fund her habit. My uncle also wasn’t sober which just made matters even worse. 

I grew up that day as my childhood just vanished. I had become a cold-hearted cynical adult. I finally understood how the world worked. 

The rest of my family was extremely normal by comparison. Just my aunt and uncle who were off of their rockers. Everytime they came around they were looking to pick a fight or ask for a loan. 

My aunt would call me for money after my mom passed but I just blocked her number and cut off contact with her. I didn’t want to get sucked down that rabbit hole.

3. Blowing A Gasket

Turns out the family I married into was toxic. I overheard my sister-in-law berate me for well over an hour to my husband. I wasn’t even sure what I did to make her so upset. She blamed him for bringing me into the family and that everyone hated him for it. 

The rest of the family who also overheard this conversation pretended like the conversation didn’t even occur. They just completely ignored it. I was in shock. How could they let her say those horrible things about me and not even acknowledge them.

Ever since then I’ve become the black sheep even though there was no “fight or argument”. Going to family gatherings has become uncomfortable for my husband and I so we frequently decline to avoid the awkwardness. 

I even tried apologizing to her but she refuses to take accountability for anything she’s said. 

I later learned that she was going through a rough patch in her marriage which eventually led to divorce. That’s still no excuse for how she treated me. 

That one day really changed the whole dynamic with my husband’s side of the family. 

4. The Bare Minimum

I hopped in the bathroom looking to shower before stepping out for some errands. I tried turning on the shower but no water came out. I was puzzled so I went to my mom who was laying in bed and told her the shower wasn’t working. She didn’t even respond. She looked at me with a blank stare shrugged and rolled over to the other side of the bed. 

Later that evening the lightbulb in my bedroom had burned out and I asked her where the new light bulbs were. I was given the exact same response as earlier. She just shrugged me off and ignored me. She didn’t even say a word. 

This made me feel bad and I began to stop asking for things. The rest of my childhood was a struggle. We didn’t always have running water or electricity and our fridge was usually empty. I was often teased at school because I only had one or two outfits. 

I would often sit alone in my dark room and think why would my mom have me if she can’t even take care of me. I vowed that if I ever had children that I would be a better mother. 

5. Misery Loves Company 

One day I asked my dad why our family fights so much. I was only 9 at the time and thought it was a relatively innocent question. Instead of answering me in a civilized manner he screamed at me for half an hour and told me to leave the house. 

Later I realized that the question must’ve really hurt him. I think he went through some stuff as a kid that he was never able to work out and the cycle has just continued. I just wish he didn’t have so much pain. 

6. The Black Sheep

After talking with my wife I figured out that I was the black sheep of the family. I was the only sibling of the 3 not to wind up in prison yet my other two brothers were given a car by my parents. 

This wasn’t the only thing. My parents refused to even let me take driving lessons or take me to practice. I only got a license once I moved out of the house and I was on my own. It was embarrassing not being able to drive for so long. 

At Christmas dinner shortly before my 21st birthday my mom offered me a glass of wine. Most people wouldn't see this as a big deal but my step dad threw a fit and said he would not have underagee drinking go on in his household. I found that a few months later he bought my little brother a bottle of expensive whiskey for his 18th birthday. Talk about a double standard. 

I served in the military for a few years and the family would often go on trips without me. Most of the time I wouldn’t have been able to go but they didn’t even bother to invite me. That stung the most. 

I invited them to my boot camp graduation and they refused to come even when I offered to pay for their flights and hotels. When I was deployed and when I returned they weren’t there to see me off.

At least I now have a loving wife who helps to fill the void. 

7. Sister Sister

I recently learned that one of my aunt's had an arranged marriage but it wasn’t her who was supposed to get married. Her sister was actually supposed to marry him but she refused to through with it.

Instead of calling the wedding off, my grandma managed to convince my other aunt to step in as a replacement for her sister. They ended up getting married, having kids and moving across the world.

They lived thousands of miles away so I never saw much of them growing up. As I grew up I learned that her husband was a horrific human being. He was verbally abusive and manipulative making my aunt’s life a nightmare. My aunt had even had a number of psychotic breaks and had to seek mental health treatment to get married. 

Looks like her sister was right about the vibes being way off with this guy.

8. Please Be Decent

I was planning a birthday party for my daughter’s third birthday. The day comes and none of my immediate family even bother showing up. 

Even though we had sent out the invitations about 2 months before the party so people would have free calendars they still didn’t come. 

About 2 weeks before the birthday my mom decides to go to Mexico the weekend of the birthday party. Her solution was to move the party entirely. I told her that I had invited over 50 people and I wasn’t going to move it just for her. 

My step dad decided that if my mom was in Mexico that he just wasn’t going to show up to the party since she wouldn’t be there. This prompted my older brother to plan a backpacking trip that weekend since neither mom nor stepdad would be there. 

Only my youngest brother had a legitimate excuse. He had work that weekend and there was no way out of it. 

On the day of the party many people asked me why none of my family showed up. Instead of being polite and making up some white lie I decided to tell the truth. I told everyone that they’re self-absorbed narcissists who are only interested in themselves. I was at my wit’s end. 

Ever since my wife and I have been married it feels like my in-laws have been more like parents to me than my own parents have. 

9. End Of Visiting Hours 

When I was 24 I was involved in a stabbing that sent me to the ER. I was stabbed 7 times in the stomach and things were looking grim. The surgeon ended up operating on me and by some miracle of God I was able to survive. 

Tons of friends visited me in the days following my surgery. We were so loud that the nurses moved me to a private room so I wouldn’t disturb the other patients who were trying to rest. 

While a lot of friends stopped by, not a lot of family came to visit me. In fact, my younger sister was the only one who stopped by. My father, mother, and four other siblings never came to see me. My mom wouldn’t even speak to me directly. She’d phone the nurses’ station and relay her messages through them. She only spoke to me directly when I was out of the hospital. 

This was shocking to me because although I had a rocky relationship with my family I thought things were in a relatively good place. 

10. Dark Acts

I think my Uncle Ron is a psychopath. He was once suspected as a serial killer who murdered over 10+ women. He also has been convicted for a number of other felonies. One day when I was about 12 I realized I hadn’t seen Unle Ron in a number of years.

I didn’t think much of it since I was young, but now I realize the truth. He probably was sent to prison or got killed. 

11. Wish You Well

My mother has never been nurturing. In fact, she’s been quite the opposite. She’s been manipulated, greedy, and toxic and has made me question my self-worth on a number of occasions. She’s also never been honest with me about anything. Because of the way I’ve been treated I can honestly say that I don’t really care about her. 

The last straw was when she burned down my childhood home. At the time I lived there along with my dad, niece, sister, and my sister’s partner. 

She destroyed every memory and every possession this family has ever had. Our dog and cat ended up passing away in the fire as well. Why did she do it? Great question. She thought my dad was cheating on her even though she had absolutely no evidence that proved this. 

Shortly after the fire she ended up draining my bank account. She was an authorized user and decided to clean me out. 

I was looking to switch banks but I had yet to complete all the paperwork. I now tell everyone I know to keep their parent’s names off their bank accounts because you never know what can happen.

My mom is now in jail for setting our house on fire and killing our dog and cat. She ended up getting a reduced sentence as she was able to fool the judge with fake remorse.

12. Dinnertime?

One of my cousins was on a cocktail of drugs and occasionally he would just lose his mind. This was the worst incident I can recall. He broke into his father’s house and tried eating his dog. 

When he came home after work, he saw his son trying to eat the dog. Once my cousin saw his father he turned his sights on him and tried to attack him. Fortunately, he was able to escape and went to neighbor’s house where they called 9-1-1. I really hope my cousin can get the help he needs before he destroys his or someone else’s life. 

13. Food Poisoning 

My aunt had moved to China since she found a lucrative job there. She ended up meeting a guy and they fell in love. He would often cook for her and she found it to be romantic and sweet. Meanwhile, he had a lawyer buddy in America who he was trying to use to get him power of attorney over his partner. 

Once the process was complete he started withdrawing thousands of dollars in order to pay off his gambling debts and buy designer clothes and shoes. At the same time my aunt was starting to notice that she wasn’t feeling like she used to. She thought that she was getting sick. 

She finally figured out that breakfast he had been making for her daily had been laced with poison. She only came to this realization because one week she had to go in early to work and she ended up eating breakfast there and suddenly felt a lot better. 

She also finally noticed that her bank account was being depleted. She knew what needed to be done. She went back to the US and took him to court on the charges of embezzlement, forgery, and attempted murder. 

Somehow, he was able to charm the courts and only ended up with a slap on the wrist. The debts were never cleared up and my aunt has been forced to stay in China because that’s the only place that will pay her enough money to pay back her debts. 

14. Horrible Stepmother

I didn’t clock this when I was a teenager but I now realize that my stepmother was toxic and truly didn’t care about me. When I was 13 she got my two sisters (her biological daughters) ipods while I got nothing. 

At first I thought that maybe I didn’t get one because I wasn’t that big of a fan of listening to music. However, neither of my two sisters were fans of music either so why did they get ipods. This was puzzling to me and extremely hurtful. 

Now I know that this was just another way of showing me how little I meant to her and how her two other daughters were her world. She has never to this day apologized for the way she’s made me feel. 

15. Buyer’s Remorse

I came out of my room and noticed my father wasn’t speaking to me. I asked him what’s up and he said that how could I crash my brand new car. Apparently he thought I had crashed the car because there were red marks on the window. 

He must’ve believed I hit some sort of wall or object and the paint was scraped off onto the car. I told him this was impossible as the car would've had significant damage yet it’s in perfect condition. 

Finally, I came up with the solution. I asked him if the dealership had a for sale sign on the car. I asked him what color it was and he said red. He finally realized how unreasonable he had been and started talking to me again. 

16. Toxic Sibling

A couple of years back my older sister exhibited some of the most toxic behavior I have ever witnessed. She was putting stuff in people’s food and drinks. We’ve always suspected she was mentally unwell but these series of behaviors definitively proved it. We gave her an ultimatum that she needed to stop otherwise we’d cut off contact with her. 

She would try to spread E. coli and salmonella into our food/drinks whenever possible. 

My mom and I went to check out her apartment and found that her fridge was unplugged and inside was uncovered raw chicken that had become warm. The chicken was clearly spoiled and had a slimy film all over it. I nearly lost my lunch. I had to step out of the apartment for a moment to get fresh air. 

She told us that before coming to the house she’d rub the chicken slime all over body and hide the odor with perfume.

That solves the mystery of why her perfume always smelled awful. Oh but it gets even worse. 

She would then rub her hands all over the rims of our glasses and cups along with licking and spitting on our food when we weren’t paying attention.

What kind of behavior is this? We also found a ton of mold growing all over her apartment which surprised no one considering the state of her fridge. This has to be the last straw. My family can’t deal with this anymore. 

17. Grow Up

My brother definitely seems like he’s paranoid. He stays at home all day and just plays video games believing the world is out to get him and no one cares about him. He’s 30 and lives at home with my mom. Did I forget to mention he’s never worked a job in his life. 

Our mom is doing everything in her power to help him but at some point she gave up because he never wanted to help himself. I feel really bad for her.

I visited my mother a few years ago and my brother was rude and unpleasant towards me for no reason. 

Maybe he’s jealous and it’s hard for him to cope. I have my own home, a wedding coming up and a job that I enjoy. Meanwhile, he’s in a very different phase of life. 

We’ve talked a few times since our visit but usually he just calls me names or finds a way to belittle me. I don’t plan on visiting for a while. I really hope he can figure things out for my poor mom’s sake. 

18. Selling Family

It didn’t take me long to figure out that my grandfather was a little strange. Even though I was his granddaughter he’d call me his grandson. It was very weird and I could never understand why he did this. 

I learned that when my dad was a child he had sold his sister Jeanine to a different family all because he didn’t want a daughter. This was one of the most insane things I had ever heard. I can’t believe a person could do that to their own child. 

When I was in high school my dad was able to track down Jeanine through some creative sleuthing. They were able to finally connect and I can proudly say that I have a great relationship with my once lost aunt. 

No one talked to grandpa anymore. No one could forgive him for what he did to Jeanine. 

19. Baby In The Closet 

When my mom was pregnant with me my dad tried to abandon us because he’d been embezzling money from his workplace (he was an accountant). 

Everything was about to hit the fan because a coworker noticed a discrepancy in the finances so my dad figured it was better to run than to get caught. My grandfather (mom’s side) happened to catch him as he tried to flee the house and told him if he ever tried anything lille that again he’d regret it. 

My grandfather decided to give my dad the money to balance the books at work so no one would find out what he did and life could go back to normal. 

My mother had to create a separate bank account and put controls on my dad’s account because he was clearly untrustworthy when it came to money. 

She also went back to work which was super rare. We lived in rural Ireland where most mothers were stay-at-home-moms and there was no childcare for kids under 4. 

When she went back to her job as a teacher I would stay in the classroom and would often take naps in the utility closet in the back. 

Even when she passed all these years later, her former coworkers remembered me as the “baby in the closet”. 

20. Twin Deception 

I used to date a twin and we were making out in his room while his twin brother was sleeping in the living room on the couch. There was a bathroom with one door that opened to the living room and the other to the bedroom. 

I went to the bathroom and I didn’t have any clothes on. 

His twin brother suddenly entered the bathroom from the living room side and I thought it was my boyfriend so I went up to him and grabbed him. He didn’t resist so I thought it must be my boyfriend. 

He pulled me to lead me out to the living room. Then I suddenly realized that this wasn’t my boyfriend and actually his twin. I told him to stop and broke free from his grasp and ran to the bedroom. 

I told my boyfriend the next day everything that happened to me and how it made me feel extremely uncomfortable.

He acted totally shocked and said this isn’t like his brother and can’t believe he would ever do something like that. However, I couldn’t help but wonder if this is something that they did with girls. After that seed of doubt was planted I couldn’t see him in the same light as before.

We decided not to date. 

21. Dangerous Silica 

My best friend and her sister shared a room throughout their adolescence. While they were always good kids their mom was a little bit overprotective and very fearful that they would go down the wrong path and start experimenting with alcohol and drugs. While they slept she would smell their clothing to see if she could smell anything funny. 

If she smelled anything that resembled smoke or alcohol she’d go insane. 

One day she goes through the older daughter’s sneakers and finds a small white packet. She took out the belt and started beating her with it. My best friend runs in and says what on earth is going on. 

Her mom said that she didn’t work this hard for her daughters to become addicts and showed them the small packet that she had found.

Turns out it was just the silica gel packet that comes with new sneakers. Their mom didn’t understand because she didn’t know English very well and just assumed it was a packet of substances. 

Talk about a huge misunderstanding. 

22. Overprotective Parents 

An extremely intelligent 14 year-old had just started her first semester on our small college campus. Since she was so young her parents were super overprotective. They would call her at all hours of the day to learn her whereabouts. They’d also have the RA give them reports to verify her story. The parents would also come every Friday to pick her up promptly at 2pm.

Her dad paid the phone bill so he could see every person that she was in contact with. Crazy much?

One of her passions was poetry. Every Thursday there was a poetry night at the quad and she really wanted to participate but was afraid that her parents would find out. 

She decided that she was going to try and quickly go and make it back to her dorm before her parents called for one of their check-ins. She was five minutes late and saw that she missed their call. She told them that she wasn’t feeling too well and was in the bathroom. Her parents didn’t believe her and decided to phone other students to gather more information. 

After a few phone calls one student said that they saw her at the poetry night.

Later that night her mom and dad picked her up and took her name. We never saw her back on campus again. 

23. Coming Out Of His Shell

Back when I used to be a guest lecturer in university I had a student who was homeschooled. He was quite shy and because of this his mother insisted on attending class with him. Not only did she attend class but she observed him as he talked and interacted with his fellow classmates. 

Instead of making things better he just became more shy and nervous which made things worse. 

I made the executive decision to make her attend a different lecture and lab session as him. She was enraged and went to the dean to report me. Instead of being reprimanded the dean said I did the right thing and that she (his mother) was stunting his growth.

At the end of the semester the student thanked me for what I did and said it has helped him break out of his shell and do more things on his own. 

24. Crazy Mom

I was sitting at my desk when my boss called me into his office. It turns out that my mom called him and said she and my father didn’t get enough quality time with me because I was working too much. She requested that I worked reduced hours so I could spend more time at home. I was so embarrassed. 

My boss was livid and told me to get my mom under control. I can’t believe my mom’s nonsense almost caused me to lose my job. After work I went home and yelled at my parents and told them I’m an adult and need to start treating me like one. They have never done anything like that since. 

25. Wicked-In-Law

My wife and her dad had never been close. We would see him every year for the holidays but besides that it was difficult to stay in touch because we lived in Los Angeles and he lived in Michigan. 

He took a trip down to Los Angeles and didn’t inform anyone. Right before he flew out he accused my wife of being a bad daughter because she didn’t visit him. 

Not only was she never informed of the trip but she just had a surgery and wasn’t able to drive by herself. 

When our son was born he didn’t visit us in the hospital till many hours later and when he did visit he was just quiet and distant. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the end of his shenanigans.

He missed our son’s 2nd birthday because he said he had an out of town wedding to attend. Turns out that out of town meant 15 miles away and the wedding wasn’t even the same day as our son’s 2nd birthday. What a jerk. 

For his 3rd birthday he just didn’t bother showing up or telling us why he couldn't make it. When my wife’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and she needed comfort he was just cold and aloof which broke her heart. 

My wife has finally started to call him out on his behavior and I stand up for her when he’s being unreasonable. Even though he says we “ruin Christmas” by starting fights we have to stand up for ourselves. 

26. History Repeats Itself

I’ve been divorced from my husband for a few years and we have a 10 year old son who we share custody of. My mom recently got upset at me because she doesn’t like how much time my son spends with his father. I was puzzled as to why she’d have this reaction. Then it hit me. 

My mother and my father were divorced and the kids were constantly pulled between them like a game of tug of war. None of it was healthy. 

My mom said letting my son spend time with his dad meant that I didn’t care about him. I told her that I’m not going to let history repeat itself and she has no place inserting her opinions about how I raise my children. 

27. No Support 

I got accepted into an amazing university on a partial scholarship. I was super excited. The only catch was that it was out of state. My parents had initially agreed to pay for my tuition but retracted the offer when they found out how far away I was going. They said they’d pay only if I went to the local college.

If I didn’t they said that they would never accept me back into the house and I could live on my own.

I listened to them and went to the local school but ended up getting kicked out for poor grades. It’s been nearly 20 years since then and they’re still supporting my brother and his wife while he is getting his “fourth degree”.

Did I say degree, I meant his gambling habit. 

28. Baby Don’t Cry

I recently moved out of Oregon and now live in Texas and have noticed that my allergies have gotten much worse. I used to not have a problem when I was back home but maybe the change in climate was affecting me. I was with a friend and she said that she had some Benadryl that I could take. 

I told her it wouldn’t work because I had a tolerance to Benadryl. This didn’t make sense to her because I had said that I didn’t have any issues with allergies in Oregon. So why would I need to take Benadryl. 

I told her that until I was about 16 I took benadryl every night on the orders of my mother. She would make me take it so I could fall asleep sooner and give her some peace and quiet.

I could tell by my friend’s stunned reaction that she was definitely judging my mom’s parenting. 

29. Cheaters Never Prosper 

When my sister was 23 her fiancee who was 28 passed suddenly from a congenital heart defect. It was extremely sudden and his loss was traumatic. After he passed she learned that during their four year relationship he had cheated on her with a number of different women.

Some were long term affairs and they knew all about my sister and some were just hookups from the bar. 

This really hurt my sister as there was no way to ever ask her fiance any questions about why he did it. She could never get closure. She questioned if she’d ever be good enough. 

About a year after his passing she actually connected with one of her fiance's good friends. They clicked immediately and eventually started dating. It turns out that she had met her soulmate.

Their five year wedding anniversary is this summer. 

30. Not Better Together 

After enduring decades of countless knockdown dragout fights between my mom and dad I was relieved that they were finally getting separated. Whenever I used to ask them about their fighting they just said it was normal for married couples to fight. I’m finally glad they’ve come to their senses. 

They both realize how unhealthy their marriage was not only for them but also my siblings and I. Seeing screaming, yelling, and tears on a nearly daily basis is not the way a family should be. 

I wouldn’t classify them as bad people. They were just trying to be good parents and ultimately thought my siblings and I would be better off if we kept the family together. In reality it probably would’ve been better to go their separate ways years ago. 

My mom dropped a huge bombshell on us a few months after they separated. She was a lesbian. Part of the reason they fought so much is neither of them could meet the needs of the other person. 

I’m glad the truth is out and now people can live their best lives. 

31. Dad Was Wrong

I was walking through the grocery store parking lot with my dad when I encountered a guy selling shirts out of the back of his van. I greeted him nicely and told him I hope he has a good day. Afterwards, my dad said I’m glad you were nice to him but you should also be mean. 

He said it’s good to have an edge so people won’t mess with you. Even as a 10 year old I thought this was quite an odd thing for a parent to be telling their child. 

Thankfully I ignored his advice and today I’m a teacher with a great group of students and friends. I have an enriched life and am very happy.  

Meanwhile, my dad passed away a number of years ago from an overdose and he was totally alone. The only people that came to his funeral were my friends in order to make sure that I was alright. 

32. Mean Mommy

From a young age I can recall my mom and dad fighting. About a year after their separation they had officially gotten a divorce. I was only 3 years old. 

After the divorce I went to live with my mom and life was miserable. She would constantly scream and throw things while telling me how she didn’t want me around. 

Just before I turned 18 I reached my boiling point. We had a massive fight and I came to the conclusion that she was just taking out her past anger and trauma on me.

She had been treated horribly by her mother and she was just continuing the cycle with me and I told her that she needed to stop so we could try and salvage our relationship. 

I finally learned what real love was like when I started dating my current girlfriend. Her mom treated me like a son and always welcomed me into their home. 

She would always make a plate for me and had the guest bed made in case I needed to stay the night. She would also check in with my girlfriend from time to time to just make sure I was ok at home.

I hope my mom and I can get to this level someday. 

33. Not So Caring Mom

My mom left me with a babysitter who had a ton of cats. Now this may not be a problem for most people but I was allergic to cats and they triggered my asthma. Despite this, my mom decided to leave me with her. You can guess what happens next. I had an asthma attack.

What makes matters worse is why she left me there in the first place. She needed me to be watched because she wanted to go out and sleep with my older sister’s boyfriend. What kind of mother does that?

I didn’t even have my inhaler with me that day. I really thought I was going to die. My sister found out while I was in the hospital and nearly fought my mom in front of all the nurses and doctors. 

They both wound up catching the same STD from the guy. I learned to always have my inhaler no matter what because you never know when you’re going to encounter a bunch of cats. 

34. Deceit And Lies

My aunt faked that my grandmother had died when I was eight years old. I was only eight and she was my guardian so of course I assumed that my grandmother had actually died. She kept the ruse up by telling the church, friends and even strangers about her passing in order to garner sympathy and money. 

She reached out to people to raise money for the funeral and people were more than happy to help out and sent her money to help her cover the costs. Little did they know that she was just pocketing the money.

A little over a year passes and I open up a letter in the mail from my grandma. Which was weird because she’s supposed to be dead. It says that she’s coming to visit for my birthday. I was so confused. 

35. Queen Petty

I was finally graduating college and with an engineering degree no less. However, my ceremony was the same day as my mom’s birthday. I told her I have absolutely no control over the dates, but she didn’t believe me. 

She told me that I ruined her birthday and that she was going to get me back. The next year she decided to have her birthday party on my actual birthday. Our birthdays were six months apart. Mine in June and hers in December. Why couldn’t she just let things go?

36. Dangerous Allergy

My cousin Carol had made a massive cake that was loaded with peanuts. Peanut butter frosting, crushed peanuts, and chocolate peanut butter cups for good measure. I was deathly allergic to peanuts and everyone in my family knew it. 

I told her that while the cake looked amazing that I wouldn’t be having any. She then started complaining that she made the cake for everyone to enjoy and that it was so rude for me to not try any. She even did some fake crying to make her point. 

Between her, my aunt, and my grandparents they forced me to have a slice of the cake. They said the allergy was “all in my head” and that I’d be fine. 

I literally almost died from eating that piece of cake. They said that they thought I was “faking” and thought the allergy was made up for attention. I was lucky I had another cousin there who knew what was going on and they called 9-1-1 immediately so I could get medical attention. 

37. Neglectful Mom

My mom had this horrible habit of never believing me when I was sick or hurt. Sometimes she would just flat out ignore me. 

When I was in the 3rd grade I had some vitamins before school with my breakfast. I told her my stomach was upset but she just said to hurry on so we wouldn't be late to school. I reiterated that I really didn't feel well. 

She ignored me and told me to get in the car. On my way out the door I end up stopping in our front lawn and puking all over. She pretended like it didn’t happen.

A couple years later I fell pretty badly on my elbow at school and I told her that it was really painful. She just ignored me and said the pain was in my mind. The next morning I wore a sweater even though it was 100 degrees out. She asked why I was wearing it. I took it off and revealed my elbow which is swollen beyond belief and has turned purple. 

When I turned 16 I became seriously ill but my mom said it was just allergies. I told her I needed to lay down for a while, but after 30 minutes she called me to do a bunch of chores. I didn’t get up because I felt awful and couldn’t move. 

She burst into my room and said that I’m lazy and that I need to do the dishes right now. With the help of the wall I was able to slowly make it out of my room. 

When I came into the main room she told me to stop acting for attention and just get on with it. I told her I wasn’t acting and that I’m going to collapse. My brother entered the room and got a good look at me. 

He said that I looked horrible and he ended up startling my grandma who also came out of her room and expressed that she felt the same way. Mom sat there silently. 

Only after they both came to my aid did my mom finally say let’s go to the hospital. It turns out I had a severe case of strep throat. I’m now an adult but she still never believes me when I say I’m sick or hurt. 

She always calls me a drama queen even though that isn’t something I've ever done. If anything, I downplay things when I’m sick or hurt.  

38. Sins Of The Father 

I grew up with anxiety and depression although I just realized that now in my late 30s. My parents didn’t do anything to help me even though it was clear things with me were off. 

It isn’t 100% their fault as this was back in the 1990s when mental health was more taboo and far less people were going to therapy to work out their issues. I was in a dark place for a number of years.

Now that I’m an adult I was able to get help and am the mom to a thirteen year old son and I’m starting to see that he may be anxious like I was.  

Since I know more about how to help him, I told him that anytime something is bothering him he can say a code word and I’ll stop whatever I’m doing to listen to whatever he has to say. We decided on the word red apples. 

While I’m not always able to solve the issue, talking it out can sometimes put his mind at ease. Even if he doesn’t come to me with every problem I just want him to know that I’m always an option and a resource and will never ever judge him. I want to be the safe space for him that I never had. 

I also have no problem taking him to a therapist or getting medication to help him if I’m not enough to quell his anxiety. I don’t want him to hurt the way I did. 

39. Terrible Grandpa

My grandfather was one of the most negative people I’ve ever met. He’d call with details about how he had to put down the dog and how they acted on the way to the vet.

He called me on my 20th birthday to let me know that I was getting old. Maybe he was just upset because grandma had passed a few months before. 

When there was a break in at my parents’ house he didn’t even bother informing me. I only knew once I arrived and saw the yellow crime scene tape. When my dad died he failed to call my mother and I to offer his condolences. He failed to check in and see how we were doing.

However, he eventually called to say that my father never loved me and that he never truly cared for me. This was a complete lie but grandpa just liked to stir the pot.

My grandpa passed recently and I was unable to attend the funeral. It’s not like I would’ve cried for him anyway. While the family knows the truth, many of his local friends believed he was an amazing person. If only they knew the truth. 

He thought it may make us more upset if he had called. Strangers on the street were more sympathetic to my situation than he was. 

40. Nosy Grandma

When my uncle was in high school he got a girl pregnant. My grandmother took her aside and said that she’d be willing to pay for her abortion if she didn’t tell my uncle about it. She agreed to the deal. 

It absolutely ate him up inside, but that doesn't excuse what he did next. My father also got my mother pregnant shortly after and my grandmother asked my mother if she wanted an abortion on the same conditions. 

My mom told her to kick rocks and that she was having this baby. 

My uncle found out what was going on and found my mother and decided to punch her in the stomach because he wanted her to feel the pain of losing a child just like he did. My mom ended up miscarrying who would’ve been my older brother. 

Somehow after all that my mom forgave my uncle and was trying to get him to go to therapy. He refused to go and ended up enlisting in the Marines instead. 

I didn’t find this out till years later and it shook me to my core. I’ve always been close with my uncle so I really didn’t know how to feel. 

I think he always thinks of me as the daughter he never got to have. 

41. Bad Grandma

After my dad had died I was helping to clean out his house with my mom, aunt and grandma. I was only 13 at the time and my parents had been divorced for some time so I didn’t see my dad’s side of the family often. 

My mom warned me that my grandmother wasn’t a trustworthy person and that I should be careful around her. I appreciated that mom still let me interact with her even though it was clear that she didn’t trust her. 

Since my dad had no will we were just there to make a record of all his possessions which his estate lawyer would then sort out later. We weren’t supposed to take anything with us. My grandma and I were in the kitchen when I saw his motorcycle keys which was his prized possession. 

I pointed out the keys to grandma and then I saw her slip them in her pocket which is not something she should’ve done. A few weeks later I saw my mom talking to the lawyer about not being able to find the keys to the motorcycle. 

I told my mom that I saw grandma take the keys. She asked me if I was sure and I told her I was positive. 

From there a nasty legal battle ensued where I even had to give a sworn testimony about what I saw. My grandma tried to discredit me by saying that I was grieving over my father’s death and I was just making things up. 

She also said that the court shouldn’t believe me because I’m only 13 years old and couldn’t be trusted as a reliable witness. 

She decided to choose money over family. Unfortunately for me everyone on my dad’s side of the family backed her version of events. She also went as far to lie about my dad’s military service record on his tombstone. Who’s the liar now? 

I can’t even bear to visit my dad’s grave because it just brings up bad memories. I tried to see if fences could be mended with that side of the family but they never forgave me for ratting on grandma. I decided it would be best to cut off contact. 

42. I’m Here For Support 

My girlfriend has severe anxiety and depression and she often needs to lean on me in new places. She was using the bathroom at my mom’s house and I waited outside the door for her to finish because I knew that would make her feel better. 

My mom saw me waiting outside the bathroom door and started yelling at me. She said my girlfriend is faking it and only doing that to keep me close and control me. She said I shouldn't sacrifice for her and should break up with her. 

My girlfriend, being in the bathroom, heard everything that was said about her and spent the whole night crying. I haven't spoken to my mother since. 

43. Huge Day, Huge Ego

My sister’s wedding was incredible. Not only was it really amazing to see her get married but I was also able to catch up with some relatives I hadn’t seen in a while. Suddenly my mom comes up to me and says that she’s upset that my sister didn’t invite some of her (my mom’s) cousins to the wedding. 

My sister and I had only met these cousins once and my sister didn’t really feel obligated to invite them. Plus we didn’t like them very much. They were quite rude and obnoxious.

My mom said the only way things would be fun for her is if those cousins were at the wedding. Funnily enough, some of those cousins were there because my sister invited them. 

My sister was being insulted by mom for no reason. She had done what she was told and invited some of them. Maybe she was too drunk to notice who all was at the wedding. I always thought mom’s cousins were the rude ones but maybe the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. 

44. Lion’s Share

When I was five years old I loved the Lion King so my grandfather decided to give me the stuffed animal version of Mufasa and Simba as a gift. I was completely overjoyed and took them everywhere with me. 

About a month later we visited my grandmother’s house and of course I took my stuffed animals with me.

After about a week we were getting ready to leave but I couldn’t find simba anywhere. I asked my mom and my grandma if they’d seen it but they said no.

My mom remarked that I’m so spoiled and ungrateful and that I should watch my things more carefully so they don’t go missing. 

I ended up leaving without ever finding simba. Six months later, we visited my grandma again and I found Simba sitting in a basket of toys that were meant for my cousin. 

It turns out that she had decided to hide him from me and keep him for my cousins instead. How mean is that? I was only five years old and I always thought I was irresponsible and lost him but it turns out grandma was just a meanie. 

45. Wanna Get Away

One time my mom screamed at me because I told her I was depressed. She said my mood was bringing everyone else down. She called my depression “inconvenient” for the rest of the family. 

She was extremely calculating and would often wait till I couldn’t get away to unleash her wrath on me. Car rides were particularly unpleasant as I had no escape. She would frequently berate me while we were in the car. 

When I decided to stop interacting with her she played the victim and made it seem like I was a terrible daughter because I had stopped talking to her. When I tried explaining my side of the story no one in my family bothered to listen. No one even called to check on me.

Because I was painted as the narcissistic child I now have no contact with anyone in the family. 

Once I realized my parents would never change or admit that they were wrong I decided to sever all ties with them. It’s still been really difficult to process emotionally as they are my parents and no one wants to stop seeing their family.

I’ve been seeing a therapist for the last couple of years and that has helped me realize that I made the best decision for my mental health and overall well-being. 

46. Strict Rules

When I was young my mother liked to control everything. I wasn’t allowed to open a new gallon of milk without asking her first. Even if we finished one gallon and it was time to open a new one I had to call her first to make sure it was ok for me to open. 

If she wasn’t home and I needed milk I’d have to call her to see what she had to say and if she didn’t pick up I’d just have to wait. One day my friend was over and he wanted some cereal. He proceeded to pop open a new milk and pour it into his bowl. I freaked out and told him that he needed to call his mom first before he did anything else.

He told me to take a chill pill and proceeded to eat his snack. This is when I started realizing that my mom is a control freak. 

47. Crazy Delusions 

I had a brother who believed that he was being watched by the government. Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds. He thought the FBI, police, and CIA were watching him and monitoring his every move. My siblings and I tried to get him help but he refused to believe anything was wrong.

A few years had passed and the crazy talk had become less and less until it became nonexistent. We were hopeful he grew out of it. However, after he tragically passed away we found his journal which had some pretty disturbing entries.

Even the day before he passed away he was writing about all the horrible things that the government agencies were doing to him. Writing about what he said is difficult for me. 

He thought that his household appliances were actually surveillance devices that were being used by the government to keep tabs on everything he was doing. He thought that the people in the neighboring apartments were FBI agents who were planted to keep track of where he went and who he saw. 

It was completely heartbreaking to read his journal because it is clear that he was struggling with this for a long time and we were never able to get him the help he needed. 

48. Misdiagnosed 

Later in life my dad found out that he had an older sibling that had been kept a secret from him his whole life. She was named Charlene after her mother. 

When Charlene was in kindergarten it was found that she had a mental disability. They were so scared that they just gave her to the state to take care of. They essentially abandoned her. They vowed to never speak about her or her existence again.

Decades after they gave her up they found out that she wasn’t disabled but she had auditory processing disorder. Back when she was diagnosed they didn't have as much information as we do today and they just assumed the worst. Today she is a fully functioning and independent adult.

When my Dad reached out to Charlene and told her what happened she told him she wanted nothing to do with him or his family and to never reach out again. Honestly, can you really blame her for never wanting to speak to our family again. 

49. Bad Kids

Even though my grandma lives a few hours away we’re quite close and I often go and visit her because she isn’t great with technology. This means that it isn’t always easy for her to operate her phone and computer.

One day when I went to visit her she said that my great aunt’s health is failing. Her kidneys are having issues and it’s also affecting her mind. 

My aunt and grandma had taken her (my great aunt) to the pharmacy to pick up medication. The cost was only $20, but for some weird reason her card declined. This was very odd as she should have plenty of money to cover this charge. 

Due to her declining health she hadn’t checked her bank balance in a while and the bank told her that her accounts were totally empty and she owed them overdraft fees. 

That’s when she found out what was really going on. 

My great aunt called her daughter and granddaughter and found out that they’d been taking money from her for years. They’d been using her funds to pay for their rent and pay off their car notes. 

She’s decided to cut them off completely after finding out about their betrayal. Her health is also finally getting better and things are looking up for her. 

50. Fiery Anger 

After my uncle had come back from serving in Vietnam, he found out that his wife had been cheating on him with his best friend. Enraged, he immediately went over to his best friend’s place.

He forced his best friend and his wife into a closet and put heavy furniture in front of the door so they couldn’t get out. Then he got lighter fluid and spread it all over the house. He took a match and the whole house went up like a tinderbox. 

By the time firefighters got there it was too late. Everyone had died including my uncle. He decided to stay in the house in order to take his own life. 

51. Long-Lost Child

My parents had three children when they were teenagers before finally having me when my mom was 21 years old. I was their fourth child. 

Already struggling to raise my three older siblings, they decided it would be better to put me up for adoption. To be fair, they had a number of financial issues as well as substance abuse problems. 

I was adopted by a family who loved me very much and happened to live only an hour away from my biological parents. I even ended up back there when I attended college. 

When I was a junior in college I decided to try and find my biological parents. I learned that they had divorced shortly after I was born. My biological mom has been in and out of jail since but it looks like my biological dad has been able to get his act together. 

He’s been sober for a number of years and has a new wife. He’s even started going to church and has built a career for himself. He told his new wife about me but none of my siblings know that I even exist. 

I found his work phone number and gave him a call. I was super nervous as I didn’t know how he’d react. As soon as I started speaking he knew who was calling him. 

Since I’d turned 18 he’d been waiting for me to reach out. He didn’t want to shake up my life and that’s why he never reached out to me. He wanted me to do it on my own terms whenever I was ready. He took me to meet the whole family including my three older siblings. 

It’s been a few years since then and I’ve slowly been building my relationship with my new family. 

52. Playing Favorites 

For my birthday my parents got me a pack of socks. Even though it was kind of a lame gift I was still grateful to get anything. However, right before I opened them my mom said she found another pair on sale and she was going to return them so she could get those socks for me.

A few months pass and my brother asks my parents for an archery set. They ask him how much it is and he says $500 dollars. They readily agree and my brother has the set the next day. Meanwhile, I still haven’t received my socks. 

You can probably guess who my parent’s favorite child is. 

53. Inconsiderate Family

While I was in the hospital undergoing cancer treatment my mom wrote a check to herself using my checkbook and then brought it to me to sign. 

When I saw she wrote the check for $10,000 I told her that I don’t have that kind of money as everything is going towards paying my medical bills. She got super upset and said that I owed her the money for all that she’s done throughout my life. I didn’t have time to deal with this and I told her to just leave. I needed to focus all my available energy fighting my cancer. 

My sister began to call me non stop and got upset that I wasn’t calling her back. I told her I’ve been tired lately and have been sleeping more. Rather than being empathetic to my situation she called me a bad sibling and refused to talk to me. Why is my family acting like this when I need them most?

54. Hidden Secret 

I had always believed that my grandpa had two other brothers. Recently I’ve learned that he actually had another brother that has been kept a secret for years.

The reason is straight out of a spy movie. He fought in World War II and was killed by his own men when he was found to be a German sympathizer who was acting as a double agent. 

They woke him up in the middle of the night and marched him to a forest where they killed him and just left him for dead. They didn’t even bother burying him. 

The army wrote back to the family saying he had been killed in action but a family friend in the army had the real details and told them what actually happened. They were in total shock that their son was a traitor. 

Since they found out they haven’t spoken about it for over 50 years. 

55. Murderous Grandpa

My grandpa tried to murder my dad with an ax. I know what you’re thinking. That sounds absolutely insane and trust me it is. He showed up to my dad’s workplace one day as my dad was heading back to his car in the parking lot and just started swinging the ax wildly in my dad’s direction. 

Luckily, my dad was able to fend him off and escape. My dad didn’t call the police since it was his father and he thought maybe he needed mental help.

However, my grandpa came back to my dad’s work parking lot the next day to do the same thing. My dad didn’t go to work that day and when my grandpa realized it he took his own life using the ax.

I still have trouble believing that story to this day. It sounds like something you’d see in a movie or tv show.

56. History of Great-Grandparents

My great-great-grandfather on my mom’s side was accused of killing his brother’s wife. This has caused division in the family because some family members believed he did it while others believed that he was innocent. 

In a separate tragedy, my great-grandmother returned to her home in Poland during the 1940s to find her entire family just gone. The house was completely empty and no one was to be found. 

Turns out that they were captured by the German and sent to concentration camps while she was out of town. She was able to escape to Switzerland and was able to get by as a cleaner.

After D-Day she was able to reunite with a few of her surviving family members and they ended up starting a business selling clothes and toys. 

57.  Told Ya So 

My aunt dated this guy named John. John was your typical social butterfly, Everyone adored him and he was always the center of attention and the life of the party. I noticed that John loved showing affection to my aunt even in public. He’d hug her from behind and kiss her and I thought it was sweet how much he adored her. 

Turns out that what I thought was PDA was actually part of the physical and mental harm that John was putting my aunt through. What I thought were neck kisses weren’t actually neck kisses. 

John actually would get behind her and whisper horrible things in her ear. He would constantly berate her. My grandpa found out about this and decided to go to John’s house and confront him.

He went to John’s house and told him that if she ever tells me that you’ve harmed her again you’re going to be sorry. 

About a month passes and my aunt has a black eye and her arm is in a cast. 2 days later they find John dead on the roof of his apartment building. There isn’t a doubt in my mind about who put him there. 

My grandfather was never accused but even if he was, he was an extremely successful lawyer who had a ton of legal connections. He said John was a nice young man and it’s too bad he got into an accident. Grandpa may be playing it off but the rest of the family knows the truth. 

58. Crazy Bachelor Party

I had a really awesome uncle who would come to our house during the holidays. It was always a fun time when he was around. It was always fun to visit him because he had a lot of cats and dogs that we could play with. He had married my aunt shortly before I was born. 

One summer when I was about 14 my mom and I went to their house to visit. There was also this girl there who looked to be about 1-2 years older than me. 

It turns out that this girl was my cousin. She was my uncle’s daughter. He said he only learned about her a few days ago. When I heard the story of how she was born I was in disbelief.

During my uncle’s bachelor party his friends hired a prostitute. Things ended up getting out of hand and one thing led to another and fifteen years later we have my cousin. 

She ended up being really nice and my uncle was ecstatic to get to know her and be a part of her life. Even my aunt took the situation surprisingly well. My uncle even decided to start paying child support to help her mother out. 

We still haven’t met her mom but we’re just glad she’s part of the family now. 

59. Snooping Mom

I had a really horrible breakup with one of my partners who I ended up having a child with. She definitely was crazy and tried to do everything in her power to keep my daughter away from me.

Totally normal behavior right. After a few years of custody battles I was finally granted full custody of my daughter. I’m glad the judge saw through her facade.

Occasionally she would check in with my daughter and myself to see how things were going and she seemed to know private details about our life that no one else could know. Like what clothes we had just bought or places we just went to. It was just flat out weird and I could never figure out who was giving her that information. 

After my mom passed we were going through her Facebook to update it and I noticed that my mom had been passing on information to my ex for years. A lot of it painted me in a bad light which I certainly didn’t appreciate. 

My guess is that she felt bad that my ex had lost custody of her daughter and didn’t get to be a large part of her life, but how could she do that to her own son. It’s been a couple years since she’s passed and I still haven’t visited her grave with my family. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to forgive her. 

60. Horrible Parents

When I was a senior in high school my parents kicked me out of my house for being gay. Even though I had come out a while ago my boyfriend coming over on Christmas to exchange gifts just pushed them over the edge. 

They gave me an ultimatum. I could break up with him and I’d be able to stay otherwise I’d have to leave. I decided to ignore their ultimatum and one day after school I came home to find out that all the locks had been changed. 

I ended up going to stay with my aunt for a while as I figured out what I was going to do. My boyfriend’s mom found out what happened and made my parents let me in the house so I could at least collect some of my belongings. 

She even let me stay with them. A couple weeks after moving in with them my parents showed up at their door with police officers claiming that I was being brainwashed and that I needed to come home. They also said that I was being held against my will. 

The whole ordeal had to be resolved in court. I ended up getting emancipated so I could stay with them as I finished high school.

It’s been over a decade since I’ve finished high school and I haven’t spoken to my parents since. My brother still stays in touch with me and has told me that mom and dad are manipulative and toxic as ever. This just confirms that I made the right decision by deciding to cut them off.  

61. Split Personality 

My aunt has always been a little bit like a rollercoaster. One minute she’s the most caring and sweet person in the world. Then at a moment's notice she starts screaming and berating people. During one of my aunt’s birthdays my mom decided to surprise her by leaving her a gift in her apartment. Since my mom had a key we went over to my aunt’s place to drop off the gift. Instead of thanking her for the gift my aunt threw a big fit and was upset that we’d “broken into her place”.

About a year later she was institutionalized after she had thrown a chair at one of her colleagues. It was found that she had borderline personality order. This diagnosis wasn’t exactly shocking to the rest of the family. Thankfully, she was going to be able to get the help she needed. 

Going to therapy has helped out my aunt tremendously. That plus her medications have really helped stabilize her mood. I’m really glad things have worked out for the best. Maybe my aunt throwing the chair was the best thing that could’ve happened to her. Without that she wouldn’t have gotten the help she needed. 

62. Psychology 101

My whole life I was convinced that I was a bad son. From the time I was a small child till the time I was about 25 I really thought that I was a failure and an embarrassment to my parents. 

Once I had reached my mid-20s I had actually noticed that they were the ones who were bad parents. They would constantly get mad at me because I would never see them. The funny thing is they would always cancel on me. I’d go out of my way to make plans with them and they’d always say they were too busy to see me. Then they’d call me and scream at me saying I was a bad son who only cared about himself. 

I realized that they were the problem. I wasn’t the issue at all. They would always act friendly to people outside of our family so when I would tell people how I was feeling I was never believed. 

I decided it would be better for my mental health to stop talking to them and I haven’t seen them in nearly 5 years. When people ask about them I just say I grew up without parents. 

63. Controlling Patriarch

After my grandfather passed last fall some really disturbing information was revealed about him. Turns out that he’d been verbally and physically abusive to his four children (my dad and uncles) and his wife (my grandmother). This went on for a number of years. My grandmother actually was going to leave him with the help of her sons’, but my grandfather got into a bad accident that left him disabled. My grandmother ended up staying to help take care of him since he was unable to do things on his own. 

I along with the rest of the grandkids had no idea that any of this was happening. My mom decided to tell me about this a few weeks after his funeral. The way she told me makes me suspect that maybe something similar is going on with my dad.

I asked her if everything is ok and she assured me that everything is fine. I’m going to keep a close eye out on things just in case.

64. Tiger Parent 

I used to run a drama program for kids and there were a lot of parents who probably took things too seriously. I had a kid who had the lead role in our plays for three years a row. However, she just wasn’t a great fit to play the lead when we were casting for Beauty and the Beast. Her streak of being the lead ended at 3 years. 

We ended up making up a role for her to play so that she wouldn’t feel bad. After hearing about this, her mom came into my office and asked why her daughter wasn’t the lead and how dare I give her this made up role.

She also questioned why a girl who was brand new to the drama program had gotten the lead. I told her that the other girl was just a better fit for the role.

All the extra pressure and drama caused the girl to resent her mother. She ended up dropping out of the show and she never acted in our theater again. 

65. Greedy Greg

My family should’ve been worth millions of dollars. My great-grandmother had founded a company called Reese Packing. They made packing peanuts which were used when companies needed to ship things. Even though my great-grandmother wasn’t the most warm and friendly person she did build an amazing company.

My grandfather was in line to inherit the company. Everything looked like it was lining up until uncle Greg stepped in. 

My great-grandfather outlived his wife and when she passed he became the owner of the company. He also was blind. My uncle Greg knew this and he impersonated my grandfather so he would sign over the company to him. 

With the $50 million dollars he decided to give half to his son who decided to run off to South America. Uncle Greg went off the grid as well until he eventually succumbed to cancer. Not a single member of our family attended his funeral. 

My grandfather is 85 and he is unable to retire because he has a mountain of legal fees from trying to resolve the situation in court. I only learned this because I found a bunch of papers in grandpa’s basement. 

We presume Greg’s son is still alive but no one has seen or heard from him in decades. 

66. Life Threatening Dare 

There was always an odd family dynamic that I was unable to explain. My aunt and my dad never seemed to get along. At family gatherings it seemed like my aunt would go out of her way to not interact with my dad. When I was 14 I went to my aunt’s house to hang out with my cousin and have a sleepover.

We were home alone as my aunt had to go into work. Since we were bored we started to poke around my aunt’s bedroom. We probably shouldn’t have been snooping. 

Buried in my aunt’s closet was a suicide note. The reason she gave for thinking about ending her own life rocked me to my core. She said she was thinking about ending her life because of the trauma my dad had caused her. 

I stuffed away the note in my pocket and took it to my mom because I was concerned. She didn’t know anything about it either and took it to my grandma to clear things up. My grandma then confronted my aunt about the note. The truth was something no one saw coming. 

My dad assaulted my aunt a few years ago and in the process he gave Hepatitis B and HIV. My mom and dad had been divorced for about five years when this happened.

My mom and grandma confronted my dad about this. He told them that he gave himself HIV on purpose. Apparently, one of his druggie friends dared him to give himself HIV and for some reason that can’t be explained he complied.

I can never look at my dad in the same way again. 

67. Truly A Miracle 

My four year daughter is truly a miracle child. My husband’s sister had gotten pregnant and didn’t want the baby. She proceeded to try and have a miscarriage by abusing pills and alcohol.

She was born 12 weeks premature and had over 4 different substances in her system. Most of the doctors at the hospital didn’t think she’d live more than a few weeks. Despite all that, she’s still alive and kicking.

While she had a few developmental hurdles she has managed to overcome them. Her socialization skills are developing nicely and she is set to start school soon. I don’t think I’m going to tell her the circumstances around her birth till she is older. 

I’m so grateful for my daughter and am so blessed to be her mother. She continues to be a constant source of joy. 

68. Just My Opinion

I have this cousin who thinks that he’s super cool. He thinks that he’s super edgy and that people are in awe of him. In reality, he’s just a super big jerk. When he was in his early 20s, he got into a physical fight at this regular bar because they accidentally charged him an additional 20 cents for his drink. 

The bartender was badly beaten and he even broke the nose of one of the police officers who was trying to apprehend him. In the end it took ten people to finally get him in handcuffs and get things under control.

He was sent to prison for 5 years for his role in the bar brawl. Instead of being remorseful he was proud of the fact that he went to jail and said that it made him “hard”. Apparently he helped inmates escape by building them hooks so they could get over the walls in the courtyard.

I can’t stand to hear about him or be in the same room as him. 

69. Dream Crusher 

My dad was driving me home from school when I was in 3rd grade and he asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I told him that I really like reading and writing and wanted to be an author. My dad said that would never work out and most author’s make no money. 

He told me that I’m intelligent and have so many opportunities and that becoming an author would be a waste of my talents. He told me I should focus on science and become a doctor because that is a good stable profession. 

Decades later I’ve followed my dad’s advice and I’m absolutely miserable. I wish I had just followed my heart. 

70. Toxic Parents 

It took my wife spending an afternoon with my family to come to the realization that my parents were toxic. On the car ride home she told me that my parents never said a single good thing about me. 

She said that all the stories they told me about you paint you in a negative light. I was used to them always talking that way so I thought it was normal.

She really just opened my eyes to how they’ve always been. I’ve started talking to my parents less and less since that moment. 

71. Fog Machine or Fire Alarm?

I was so excited that I was the lead of our school play. On top of that I was going to get to sing a duet with the hottest guy in school. Even though I was playing his mom in the play I knew this would be a great opportunity for me to bond with him and build our relationship. 

During our first show the fire alarm started going off in the middle of our performance. The stage manager informed us it was just the fog machine and we should proceed as usual. The members of the audience had no clue what was going on and they started leaving the auditorium because they thought the fire alarm was going off. 

We continued the play even as most of the audience had emptied out.

My mom was about to leave when she noticed that I wasn’t heading for the exits. She runs up onto the stage and takes a microphone and screams “What are you doing? There’s a fire we need to get out of here”. I was so embarrassed. 

She continued to scream at the top of her lungs saying who is in charge we need to evacuate all these students. The next few weeks at school I was teased mercilessly and my hope of escalating things with my crush went down the drain.

It’s been 15 years and it’s still a story my drama teacher tells new students. 

72. Sweet Sweet Revenge 

When I was a kid my two best friends (who happened to be sisters) and I used to be babysat by their uncle Wiliie. For some reason Wilie was super mean to me. He always used to tease me and play pranks on me that weren’t funny. I dreaded anytime we had to be babysat by him.

My best friends often heard me as I cried and complained when Willie did/said mean things to me. I never told anyone else about the things he did. 

Even though I never told my mom, my best friends decided they’d seen enough and told my mom about what I’d been through. She was so mad that she came up with a plan to get Willie back. 

We were at a family party that Willie happened to be at. My mom started chatting with him and they began to engage in some playful behavior. Everything seemed fine. 

Suddenly my mom grabbed some lighter fluid and sprayed it on Willie’s clothes. He was still laughing as he thought this was all some big joke. My mom then lit a match. Willie said there’s no way that she would actually light him on fire. My mom said nothing as she ignited the lighter fluid on Willie with the match. 

The fire was quickly put out and no harm was done. My mom then told him that’s what it’s like when someone is scared for their life. The next day he packed up and went back to Florida. He never babysat me again. 

73. On The Run

 My great aunt disappeared shortly after her only daughter got married. Nobody had any idea what had happened. We went to the authorities and they said that based on the evidence at hand we think that she just ran away. 

When we discovered the reason behind her disappearance we were absolutely shocked. Her daughter’s wedding conflicted with jury duty. Instead of telling the court about the circumstances she just decided to skip jury duty and attend her daughter’s wedding. 

For some reason my great aunt got so scared that instead of reporting to the court what happened, she decided to run away and go into hiding in this small town in Oregon. She never wrote to us or called us. 

She thought that hiding away for 30+ years was the solution to her missing jury duty. I wish we had gotten to her before she ran away so we could’ve told her she was making a mistake.

The only reason we even found out is because her estate lawyer informed us that she passed away a year ago and he told us all the details. 

74. Jerry Springer

Let me let you in on a crazy family story. My grandfather and great-uncle are the same person. Don’t worry I’ll explain how this is possible. There were two brothers named Larry and Sam. Larry lived in America and had a great job while Sam lived in England and was quite poor.

Larry was back in England visiting Sam and they decided to see a soccer match. At the match they meet my eventual grandmother Sarah. Sarah really liked Sam but she decides to marry Larry because he has a much better job and lives in America. She ends up moving to Chicago with Larry.   

Larry and Sarah have three kids but the marriage was never great. After the three kids were born they began to drift apart but stayed together for the sake of their children. 

In the meantime, Sam has moved to the US and is going to stay with the family in Chicago. Shortly after Sam arrives my grandmother is pregnant with my dad. Years later, she admits that she was “in love” with my father’s father. 

Everyone who knew her was able to put the pieces together. There was no way this could be John. He had treated her poorly for a number of years. In fact, John and my grandma weren’t even sleeping together by this point so he probably knew that Sam was the father but since he was a good Christian he never brought it up. 

Maybe we should go on Jerry Springer. 

75. Abusive Father 

My great-grandfather was extremely abusive. He would work long shifts in the coal mines and when he came home he would beat on his wife and children. The fact that he had a drinking problem just made matters even worse. 

He had set the house on fire with his wife and all 8 children inside. He didn’t just do this once. He did this twice. 

One day my grandfather was at home with the rest of his siblings. They were in the field across the street from their house picking fruit. Out of the blue, his father (my great-grandfather) came over to the field and started beating his kids. My grandfather along with his sister made it to the house and found the hunting rifle. 

They had had enough. My grandpa’s sister decided to pull the trigger and end her father’s life. Neither her nor her siblings have any regret. 

76. Greedy Parents

When I was growing up my siblings and I worked jobs to help support the family. After all the bills were paid for the month, my parents would take the extra money and use that for themselves. This made it impossible for me to save money. 

I started lying about my salary so I could keep a little bit extra for myself. After saving up for about a year I had about $2000. Unfortunately, my “newfound wealth” was short-lived. 

My mom found a statement from my bank in the mail and saw how much money I had in my account. She was shocked.

She then decided to go out to eat at a fancy restaurant and spend hundreds of dollars on dinner. My hard earned money was being spent on a dinner that I wasn’t even invited to. She then kicked me out of the house for lying to the family for a year and being selfish.

My parents are the only people I know who would be upset that their child is trying to save money and be fiscally responsible. 

77. Secret Second Family

My grandpa had two separate families that lived in two different states. He named both of his firstborn sons after him and both of them also gave their sons the same name. 

This means that I share my name with my dad, grandpa, half-uncle and at least one cousin. I still don’t know why no one in the family is mad at grandpa for having two families. Maybe it was just a different time back then. 

78. My Uncle The Druglord

It turns out that my uncle was the head of a drug group in northern California in the 1908s. He lived on a massive estate that had three layers of security.

I was just a kid at the time so I had no idea what my uncle was up to. I loved visiting him and especially enjoyed the pond in the backyard where I’d spend my summers fishing. I didn’t think it was strange that you have to get through so many gates to reach his house.

I would often see my uncle sniff white powder but I had no idea what it was and thought that it was medication that people take when they get old. One time we were riding in his Ferrari when an officer clocked us going well over 100 mph.

My uncle was able to charm the officer and finagle his way out of the ticket. He told the officer that I had asked him to go fast because I was curious about how fast the car would go. 

The officer understood and just let my uncle off with a warning. Afterwards my uncle told me that we were very fortunate that the officer didn’t search the trunk because there was a lot of “bad stuff” in there.

He said that he would’ve tried running away if the officer had asked him to pop open the trunk. A few years later authorities ended up arresting my uncle at his home. This is when I finally found out what he did for a living. 

79. I’m Her Legacy 

My mom named me after my grandma and I always wondered why. Maybe I should have just been content with wondering because the real reason blew my mind. When my mom was 20 years old my grandma was killed by my uncle.

No one ever really talked about my grandma so I figured that something bad must’ve happened to her but I could have never imagined that reality would be worse than my imagination. 

It was really hard for me to find out what happened. I now feel like I have to excel in life to live up to the name that I was given. Talk about a lot of pressure. 

80. Weirdest Family Ever

When I was 12 years old I was on the gymnastics team and I had a friend on the team who was also around my age. His parents were the most strange and controlling people I had ever met.

His mom looked like one of those mean nuns that you see running those all boys/girls Catholic schools. The one who would punish you if you even looked at her funny. All of us would play Gameboy between our different events at meets. Not only did he not have a Gameboy but if he even touched or played one he would be severely punished when he got home. 

He also wore the same clothes everyday and I mean exactly the same clothes. Black slacks, with a navy blue shirt and a white sweater west. He wore this outfit everyday without fail no matter what the weather or occasion was. I decided to get some clothes for his birthday thinking he may have been bored of his current outfits. 

He thanked me for my gesture but said he wasn’t allowed to wear these clothes. How weird is that? He eventually ended up being homeschooled so his parent’s could exert even more control. Rumour has it that his family spoke pig Latin at home. 

81. The Truth Will Come Out 

My mom had a really tough upbringing. She was raised by her mom and her stepfather who was abusing her from a young age. I asked my grandma where dad was. She said he passed away when my mother was 5. 

That would mean that he died in 1955. 50 years later and my sister has gotten curious about her family and the various members we have out there. She starts doing a number of DNA and genealogy tests. She finds out that grandpa didn’t die in 1955 but rather in 1995. Oh but it gets better. 

He ended up having another family where he had four daughters, one of which had the same name as my mom. The only reason my mom never had a relationship with him is because my grandma lied to maintain her control and power. Maybe the abuse could’ve stopped if grandpa had known about it. 

My grandma hasn’t changed in her old age. She’s still quite a nuisance and bothers my parents to this day.

She ended up visiting us one weekend and as we were having dinner I revealed everything that I knew and asked her how she could lie to everyone for 50 years. Instead of being apologetic she got upset that I found out and told everyone her secret. 

My parents told her to shut up and that they were sick and tired of her lies. 

82. Psycho Father

The story that I was always told about my father is that he left me shortly after I was born. I didn’t think anything of it until one of my uncle’s mentioned that my dad had blonde hair. This was strange because everyone else in my family up to that point said that he had black hair just like my mom. 

When I was joining the army I had to dig up my birth certificate as proof of identification. It said that my father was named Ricky Roberts. My last name was also Roberts so you may think what is so weird about that. The weird part is that my family told me that they picked my name from one of those baby name books and that’s why my last name is Smith. 

Now that I had my father’s name I was going to do some digging. 

Turns out he was born in Ukraine and had his name changed when he came to the states. All that checks out as I know that I’m part Ukrainian. Also his mother and my grandma had the exact name Svetlana Azarenka so I knew that this was definitely my father. 

I asked my family if Ricky Robers was my father and they said that he was. They told me that shortly after I was born he didn’t want a child anymore. He decided that he was going to try and kill me. He attempted to suffocate me with a pillow. 

I’m so lucky that my sister and aunt were able to stop him but by the time we called the cops he had left. He wasn’t gone for long because later that night he returned and killed our pet cat and set fire to our house. While everyone in my family’s house was alright the fire spread to a neighbor’s house and someone lost their life. 

He was caught and sentenced to life in prison. He would never be allowed in the outside world again. 

My family didn’t tell me because I was so young and they wanted me to live a normal life and without having to carry the burden that my father tried to kill me and is in prison for the rest of his life.

When I asked them if they ever planned to tell me they said no. As mad as I was at them for keeping the secret for so long I get why they did it. 

83. Secret Vacation

When I was five my mom and grandma (maternal) decided to go on vacation for six weeks. They’d never been on vacation just the two of them and thought it would be a great way to bond.

My grandparents (paternal) were going to take care of me while they were gone. When my mom returned she had brought back maracas which is something that Spain is famous for. 

Even though she said she went to Spain there were no pictures and they didn’t describe anything they did there in detail. This was strange because normally when grandma went places she would take a ton of photos and have a million different stories to tell. 

When I was about 10 I asked her for more details on Spain but she would just say things like Spain was cool and the food was amazing. 

I never saw a passport stamp or a passport for that matter. In fact, about a decade later I overheard a comment she made to someone mentioning that she’d never traveled overseas in her life. 

I spoke up and said, "Mom, what about the month you spent in Spain when I was little?" She got quiet. I think she was hoping that I had forgotten about that trip. Something was off about the whole situation. 

My mom had tried getting rid of the maracas when I was a child but I never let her because I said how could she donate the one souvenir she decided to bring back. When I was about twelve they just disappeared one day. She even had told me that they weren’t really maracas. 

I asked her what they were then. She just gave me the run around before eventually getting quiet and changing the subject. 

It took me decades before I finally started piecing things together. Her trip to Spain took place at a time where abortions were illegal where we were living.

I theorized that my grandma and her either went to the UK or Canada and were trying to find a medical clinic to perform the abortion. This was no vacation.

We had barely been making ends meet at the time and we lived in a run-down 1 bedroom apartment. Mom probably decided that she couldn’t afford to have a second child and confided in grandma who hatched up the plan. I don’t think my Dad had any clue. 

It kind of makes sense the more I think about it. My mom is pro-choice yet she’s a staunch Republican. She’s never had drug issues or mental health problems so I can pretty confidently rule out therapy or rehab. 

Even though we didn’t have any money my grandma was fairly wealthy so coming up with the funds for a one month trip wouldn’t have been difficult for her. Unfortunately, my grandma has passed so I’ll never be able to hear her side of the story.

The biggest clue that I have is my mom’s view on abortion. She would never support something that doesn’t fall under her party’s views unless she’s had a first hand experience with the issue. I’ve yet to confront her about things and I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the courage to bring it up. 

84. Wrong Culture

I was born and raised in Indonesia and after moving to Canada she wanted to make sure that we didn’t lose our heritage and get “corrupted” by Western ideals. 

She also hated if anyone confused us for being something other than Indonesian. In my early 30s I found that I wasn’t even Indonesian but actually Chinese. 

My mom thought the truth was embarrassing so she lied to my siblings and I our whole lives. I never understood why she felt the need to lie about where we were from. 

The reason she emphasized Indonesian culture so much is because once the lie spread she wanted to make sure it was convincing to avoid being caught by anyone. We now greet her with “Ni Hao” everytime we see her just to push her buttons. 

85. Scammer Gran

When my grandpa passed we found out my grandma was not actually officially married to him. She said that didn’t want to get married to him because she wanted to live off Social Security and welfare checks. She had no interest in working a day in her life. 

When she was pregnant with my aunt she made up that they were married because she said it was in poor taste to be pregnant and unmarried. 

She’s been living off of Social Security, but the government recently found out about her deception and is thinking about stopping its benefits. Turns out she’s been a money hungry person her whole life and this is her comeuppance. 

86. Let’s Start A Baseball Team

I have a whopping ten siblings. All of us share the same father. Before my dad passed I was only aware of eight of them. It turns out that two of my so-called cousins were actually my brother and sister.

My father had cheated on his wife at the time with her sister and those two kids were born out of wedlock. When my mom died I also found out that one of my sisters was actually only my half-sibling. I always thought we had shared the same parents. 

After doing more digging it turns out I only have 1 full-blood sibling who just happens to be my twin. I’m only really close with him and my previously mentioned half-sister. While I don’t have a bad relationship with the rest of my siblings we just really aren’t that close. 

87. Missed Call

During my sophomore year of college I had gone to the movies with my friends and I had turned off my phone. My mom decided to call me and it went straight to voicemail. You would think she would just call one time and then wait for me to get back to her. 

My mom didn’t do this. She proceeded to call me 15 times and leave 15 separate voicemails all of which were well over a minute long. My dad, who is totally normal, sent me one text with three words: “call your mom”.

It turns out there was no big emergency. She just wanted to tell me that her favorite contestant on American Idol has just gotten eliminated. 

88. DNA Discovery

I had recently done a DNA test and along with my online results there was an option that allowed for close contacts to reach out to me. I was curious but didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary. A first cousin reached out to me via the website. This was someone who I had never met or heard of. I learned that my aunt put him up for adoption when he was born. 

My aunt didn’t tell anyone except my mother who finally told me after I told her about what I discovered on the DNA website. 

Now my aunt avoids me everytime the family gets together because she’s embarrassed that I know her secret. Even though I don’t really care that she had a son and put him up for adoption she still avoids me at all costs. 

89. A Snowstorm For The Ages

When I was three my sister and I were at home where we were being watched by our nanny. This was a common occurrence as our parents worked in the city and we lived in the suburbs. One day my parents went to work and they didn’t come back. In fact we didn’t see them for six months. 

During those six months my parents had gone through absolute hell. The day they left us they ended up getting snowed in their office buildings due to a record-breaking snowstorm. Since they couldn’t come home my nanny called the authorities and said we had abandoned our children. 

She was able to take temporary custody of my sister and I and my parents had to petition and plead for six months until they were deemed “fit to take care of us”. I really thought my parents had just walked out on us. 

90. Greedy Mother

My friend’s mom was so devious. She literally was the devil incarnate. Six months before my friend’s dad passed his wife took out a life insurance policy on him for $200,000. He died because he had a bad reaction to his medication that he had taken all his life with no incident. 

She also took out a 100k life insurance policy on her son although she never tried to harm him. This was not the end of her shenanigans. She was able to transfer the $100,000 left to him by his father into her name.

In addition, his grandma’s inheritance also ended up in her greedy little hands. She gave some of that money to her friend’s while the rest she used to put a down payment down on a beach house.  

She would also pretend to be ill in order to get prescription drugs that she could then resell on the black market. She even kept a little notebook to detail all her transactions and how much money she was making. 

91. Cult Following

My uncle had moved out of his old house and was unable to sell it before he moved. Even after a year the house hadn’t sold and he was confused as to why. He called his realtor to get to the bottom of things.

He found out that my aunt had taken down all the for sale signs and had been squatting in the house since he had moved out. When she was caught sold everything in the house and took the wiring and pipes for good measure. 

She also has these business cards where she refers to herself as “Dr. Reverend”. Trust me she is no doctor. She has never attended a day of college in her life. Recently she moved to Michigan where she purchased this farm property that has a huge estate. In addition to my aunt, about thirty of her “followers” live there too.

Hmm if it looks like a cult, smells like a cult, and walks like a cult then it must be a cult. 

92. Swinger Sisters 

It looks like my sister had swapped husbands with another couple on her block. The reason I think this is because each family’s children look more like they belong with the other family and not their own.

My younger sister is cheating on her husband with another woman and he has no idea. She just keeps saying she has work retreats and conferences but in reality she’s going to sneak off with the other woman.

Because my brother-in-law doesn’t suspect her of being lesbian she’s never suspicious that she spends so much time with her female coworker. 

93. Hidden Child

Through an obituary my mom discovered that she had an uncle that she never knew about. She asked my grandfather (her dad) about it and he said his parents put her in a mental institution when she was a teenager during the 1950s because she was considered “wild and unstable”. After they left her there they proceeded to never bring her up again. 

My grandpa didn’t want to elaborate on the topic further and just kept repeating that she was wild and sent away and that there was nothing more to the story. Essentially he was telling my mom to drop it and move on. 

There is definitely more to the story that he isn’t telling. This is a part of my family history that I may just never find out. 

94. Gang Gang 

I recently found out my family was involved with some Mexican gangs. Specifically, distribution of the products and the disappearance of people. The day my brother’s dad left prison, he was immediately killed. This is the day my life changed forever.

I overheard my mom talking to my aunt about it. Even though they were speaking in Spanish I was able to understand a fair amount. We weren’t really taught Spanish when we were kids so my mom and aunt thought no one would be able to understand. Little did they know that I had been slowly learning it through conversations with my friends. 

A month after the killing a couple more people who I considered family friends had either been reported missing or dead. 

I confronted my mom about it and she said that our family has been a part of this business for a long time. It’s been going on from the time that my grandmother lived in Mexico.

Things finally clicked for me. I never understood why we constantly moved from house to house every couple of months and why my uncle and grandma were so well respected that it bordered on fear. We also got so many free things from the people in our local community. 

People I met seemed to know of my family even if I’d never met them before. My siblings and I want nothing to do with that kind of lifestyle but it seems like the legacy will live on through a few of our cousins. 

95. Sister, Sister

My twin sister had died in a boating accident and my family said I should date her boyfriend because he was grieving and it would make things easier. 

They even said that you’re practically the same as your sister so he’ll miss her less. I told my family they were crazy. I had just lost one of the most important people in my life and here is my family making the craziest suggestions. 

96. Dad’s Other Woman

There is a local brunch spot that I’ve been going to about once a week for the past couple of years. I had an early dentist appointment before work and decided to grab some pancakes before heading into the office. 

As I waited to be seated I noticed my dad sitting at a corner booth.

Across from him is a woman I’ve never seen before. He looked at me with a look of surprise as I walked over to him. He introduces me as his daughter and tells me that he’s having breakfast with a coworker. 

It was awkward to say the least. I knew my dad had to be lying. He was a plumber who exclusively did house calls. I also knew everyone in his office and there were no women. 

I didn’t make a scene and just went with things. Even though it was weird I wanted to gather more information. 

My mom and dad haven’t been together for decades, but he was married to a different woman when he was seeing this mystery woman for brunch. 

I was close with a few of the restaurant staff and when I came back next week for my weekly meal they told me that my dad met that lady for a meal every week.

I didn’t have the nerve to bring it up to him. It’s been 11 years since I saw them at the restaurant together. After the day I met him and his friend the wait staff at the restaurant told me they never saw him again. 

It’s been a year since he’s passed and I miss him. While I don’t regret not asking him about it sometimes I do wonder who she was. 

97. Weird Anxieties 

My grandma had a lot of these weird rules for me when I was growing up. I wasn’t allowed to let shower water hit my chest and anyone I took the stairs I had to skip a step. 

She thought if I went up consecutive steps that I would immediately fall and injure myself. As for the shower water hitting my chest, she thought that it would cause my heart to stop and I’d immediately go into cardiac arrest. 

These and other rules were a normal thing that I had to endure during my childhood.

I think the reason she had these rules is because one of her children had died as a result of a heart attack. Even so, she has to know that some of her rules are ridiculous. 

I humored her for a while, but eventually I told her that I needed to be able to do things my own way. We ended up having a heart to heart talk and she said that she understands where I’m coming from and loves me very much. Our relationship today couldn’t be any better. 

98. Quiet Time

I spent my entire childhood learning how to be quiet. I was to be seen and not heard. If I spoke I was told I was being difficult. Whenever I played in my room I had to make sure that nothing could be heard past a shut bedroom door. 

I spent a lot of time doing chores and you guessed it I had to do things quietly. If I made noise I would have objects thrown at me or I was screamed at. Sometimes my toys were taken away if I was deemed to be “too loud”. 

My sister was allowed to do whatever she wanted. She would constantly play video games and her electric guitar at obscene levels of volume. She even was allowed to talk and joke around. Her voice seemed to be valued while mine wasn’t. The only time she had to be quiet is when mom was on the phone. Both of us knew better than to talk when she was on the phone. 

I don’t hold any grudges against her. In fact, she often advocated for me. 

Since I’ve been quiet my whole life I have a few special talents. I can sneak up on people without them knowing and can wash dishes without making a sound. 

I’m so used to listening to the tv and radio on such a low volume that when other people are around I have to crank up the volume so they can hear it. The sound of the vacuum cleaner and blender bother me a lot. 

I use an app to help track how much noise I’m making at any given moment. I even try to suppress my sneezes. The only place where I feel comfortable hearing loud noises is through my headphones.

I’ve started going to therapy, because now that I’m an adult I realize that this isn’t healthy. 

99. Switching Places

As my wife was giving birth to our son we ended up losing him due to complications and she ended up in a coma. I knew she’d be devastated so I found a human trafficker and bought a male baby from him. This was easy to do where I lived because there were a lot of poor people who’d sell their children.

When my wife awoke about a week later she had no memory of what had happened and I told her that everything was fine and presented her with “our son”. To this day, my wife and son have no idea what I did.