A woman faces backlash from her sister as she upstages her sister’s wedding announcement with the news of her adoption being finalized.
She has been in the process of adopting a child for the past two years. For her it has been an emotional roller coaster. With only a handful of close family and friends knowing about it since she feared jinxing it until everything was finalized.
Her older sister, Emma, got engaged around the same time she started the adoption process. Their family was thrilled, planning for her bid day that next Summer.
She knows her sister as the type to love the attention, and she’s been supportive of Emma helping with preparations whenever she could.
One weekend, she finally received the final confirmation that the adoption had gone through. She was officially going to be a mother.
Mother At Last
She was overjoyed, wanting to tell her family in person. She thought the regular Sunday family dinner at her parents’ house would be perfect.
It turns out her sister Emma had a similar idea to hers. As Emma planned to announce her wedding venue and date at the same dinner without letting anyone know.
When the dinner started everyone was in good spirits. Before she could share the news about her adoption process being finalized, Emma stood up. She tapped her glass for everyone’s attention, and beamed when she revealed her wedding plans.
Their family burst into excited chatter. Feeling happy for her sister she felt her news could wait until later in the evening, or even on another day.
Mother Knows Best
Their mother on the other hand who was one of the few to know about the adoption gave her a knowing look. Mouthing to her that now was the perfect time.
Being caught up in the moment and the happy energy from everybody. She felt encouraged by her mom’s enthusiasm. She stood announcing that she also had some news. Sharing that she was going to be a mother now that the adoption is final.
The room erupted with even more joy than there already was. With half the family rushing towards her, showering her with congratulations. When she looked towards Emma, Emma’s face had fallen. She excused herself from the table and didn’t return for the rest of the evening.
Overshadowing her sister’s announcement was not her intention. Now feeling torn up about it, Emma and her have not spoken. The family was divided on whether she was insensitive or if it was just an unfortunate coincidence.
Their mother, whose idea it was for her to announce her adoption at the same time of her sister’s announcement in the first place, now backtracks. Claiming that she could have waited for another time for her announcement.
While she recognizes that for her sister her wedding preparations are a major life event. She feels that better boundaries and expectations when it comes to life events should be placed within her family.
She has since apologized to her sister for any hurt that she may have caused. Explaining it was the overflow of excitement that she could have waited for a more appropriate time.
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