A Reddit user says it’s typical in his culture for the aunts and uncles to “check-up” on their nieces and nephews during their family unions. They use this opportunity to brag about their children while listing the user’s “lack of accomplishments.”
His Aunt Liked To Compare Her Kids To Him
The original poster (OP) said his aunt likes to show off her daughter’s accomplishments, such as passing the bar exam and getting married to a fellow lawyer. Additionally, OP’s aunt lists his “lack of accomplishments,” such as being unmarried, living at home, and driving an old car.
OP graduated with a degree in architecture but has struggled multiple times to pass the exam. His cousins, on the other hand, entered professional careers, such as a lawyer or a teacher. And whenever there is a family get-together, all his family members often bring up this point of contention.
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His Aunt’s Condescending Voice Finally Got To Him
Although OP never passed his architecture exam, he works freelance jobs from home. And because of it, he’s become very successful.
So, when OP’s aunt continued to speak to him condescendingly, his frustration caused him to say, “I made my first million this year. Has [your daughter] made her first million yet?” He then turned to his other cousins, who had been shaming him, and said, “You guys made your first million yet? Because I have.”
The room went silent, and OP’s dad asked him to step outside because he killed the mood.
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The Community Weighs In
Many Reddit users say it’s all fun and games until someone responds. Other users wondered why OP’s parents did come to his defense.
Another Reddit user said the cousins will probably get heat from their parents demanding to know why they haven’t earned a million yet.
Is OP wrong for saying he earned a million before any of his cousins did? Is it acceptable for family members to compare their child’s accomplishments to others? Do you expect the cousins to receive pressure from their parents because OP earns more than him with his freelance work?