Woman Can't Believe What Agony Aunt Says To Her In Brutal Letter
A woman received a refreshingly brutal reply after writing to an advice columnist to say that she'd selfishly been excluding her sister from an annual shopping trip - and the letter has gone viral on Reddit.
The letter was written to agony aunt Amy Dickinson, 59, who answers readers' questions in newspapers across America.
The bracingly honest reply, originally written in May 2014, has resurfaced on Reddit where it has attracted more than 60,000 upvotes and thousands of comments.
"Dear Amy: Every fall, my sister, cousins and a cousin's sister-in-law have a weekend shopping excursion in our home city," the letter from 'Sad Sister' began. "We stay in a hotel, treat ourselves, shop for our children and go out for lunches and dinners. It is a great time to reconnect."
However, the letter writer went on to explain how she'd been deliberately cutting her sibling out of this yearly outing.
"I have a sister 'Wendy,' who we do not invite. She is offended to the point of tears when she finds we have not invited her. My two sisters and I are very close in age, but Wendy hasn't been as close to this set of cousins as my sister and I have been through the years.
"We are all married stay-at-home moms. Wendy is a divorced, working mom with one young child.
"She also complains about her ex-husband who left her for another woman, but everyone knows it takes 'two to tango' and she is not without fault.
"We're all very active churchgoers, while she only sporadically attends services. Plain and simple, she does not really fit in with us anymore."
The letter concluded: "How can we get her to understand that she should perhaps find another set of friends whose lives and interests align more closely with hers?"
Cutting right through the sister's nasty behaviour, Dickinson replied: "Dear Sad: First, let's establish that I agree with your sister: You are a horrible person.
"Obviously, you can do whatever you want and associate with - or exclude - whomever you want, but you don't get to do this and also blame the person you are excluding for not "fitting in."
"The only way your sister would ever fit in would be for you to make room for her. You are unwilling to do that, and that is your choice. But her being upset is completely justified, and you'll just have to live with that.
"Perhaps this is something you could ponder from your church pew, because despite your regular attendance, you don't seem to have learned much."
Redditors were blown away by the letter - and the absolutely incredible reply.
"The response is PERFECT," one person commented.
Another person wrote: "I've seen a few Ask Amy columns that were just as perfectly merciless. She doesn't mess around."
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