If your parents had left you behind with your grandmother without any explanation and never returned, only to try to reconnect with you years later, what would you do? Would you be willing to forgive them and try to rebuild your relationship, or would you turn them away? One daughter opted for the latter, refusing to acknowledge them in any way, shape, or form when they tried to make amends.
“Pretending not to recognize my parents when they try to reconnect”
A TikTok video posted by @twohottakes tells the story of how a daughter pretended not to know her own parents due to the emotional scars of their past behavior.
This happened when her older sister fell seriously ill at the age of six, and as a result, she was “unceremoniously” left with her grandparents, who then passed her on to her uncle.
Abandoned Without a Word, How Her Parents Left Daughter with Her Grandmother and Never Returned
Her parents made the decision to send her away without any explanation whatsoever – they simply informed her that she would be staying with her grandmother for a brief period, but they never returned to bring her home.
Despite the lack of explanation from her parents, her uncle explained the situation to her later and ensured she fully understood why her parents did what they did.
Choosing to Cut Ties with Parents at a Young Age
With a growing distance between her and her parents, the OP made the choice to cut off all contact with them when she was just 12 years old.
Since she was the only one making an effort to stay in touch, all communication between them eventually stopped.
Their Miracle Kid - The Unconditional Love of an Aunt and Uncle
At 21 years old, the OP expresses her love for her uncle and aunt, who lovingly call her their "miracle kid" as they are unable to have children themselves.
While she was not legally adopted by them until she turned 18 because the process was both expensive and complicated, she wishes it had happened earlier in her life.
Tragic Loss - Sister Passes Away During Holidays
Sadly, the OP's sister passed away between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and although she returned home from school for the funeral, she kept to the back and left before her biological parents could speak to her.
Her parents subsequently called her uncle so they could speak to her, but he told them that she wasn’t willing to talk to them at the moment.
Cold Christmas Encounter - Daughter Turns Down Parents’ Hug
It wasn't until Christmas when her parents finally caught up with her while she attended Midnight Mass with her gran.
They approached her and tried to give her a hug, but although she recognized them, she pretended not to and just backed away, saying, "Sorry, do I know you?"
Reunited, But Not Reconciled
"We're your parents," they replied, but she replied bluntly with, "My parents are at home," before moving to sit with her gran.
Her biological parents then sat behind them and the OP says that she could literally “feel the stare” at that point.
Daughter Fakes Not Recognizing Her Biological Parents
As they were leaving, her parents asked if she recognized them, to which she responded with a confused tone, "Oh, are you my dad's brother? I think I remember you from when I was little."
Reconciliation Attempt - Biological Parents Seek Forgiveness
Despite the awkward encounter, the OP's biological parents later sent her a letter trying to explain themselves, stating that they were hurt and that they had always tried to do the right thing.
They also emphasized that they will always be her family, and that cannot be changed.
Family Drama Continues as Daughter Stands Her Ground Against Criticism
The grandmother believes that her biological parents deserve the cold shoulder treatment, trying to come back to her life like nothing ever happened.
On the other hand, some other family members criticized her for being “too harsh,” arguing that her parents were grieving and that she should be more considerate.
“But I don’t think they should get a pass just because they remembered me now that my sister is gone,” their daughter wrote.
“This is Disgusting!”
Morgan, the host of Two Hot Takes, takes a strong stance against the parents and sides with their daughter in this case. Morgan's hot take on the matter is that having sick children doesn't give parents the right to sacrifice one for the other.
She emphasizes the importance of ensuring that both children are equally accommodated, cared for, and loved. In her's opinion, dropping off a six-year-old at grandma's and failing to check in shouldn’t get a pass.
She exclaims, "What the hell is wrong with you? This is disgusting!"
“Justice Was Served”
In addition to expressing her disgust at the parents' behavior, Morgan also took a moment to appreciate the daughter's blunt response. She was particularly impressed by how the daughter pretended not to recognize her own parents when they tried to give her a hug.
"This is perfect justice," said Morgan, with a voice filled with excitement. "This is like the most wholesome f**king story for me."
Another commenter voted "NTA" because the "parents" only contacted the daughter in this case after 9 years of abandoning her, and only because her sister passed away.
“I guess they miraculously remembered they had another kid”, one user who agreed with Morgan wrote. “Those ‘parents’ can go kick rocks.”
“Messed Up” Parents
“The parents are so messed up,” commented one person who voted "NTA".
“Thank God for the aunt and uncle.”
Left Without Parents and a Sister
Someone else pointed out that the parents' behavior not only robbed the daughter of having parents but also a sister. They wrote, “She never got a relationship with her sister either.”
Birthgivers, Not Parents
In a particularly harsh critique, one commenter referred to the neglectful biological parents as mere 'birthgivers', astounded at their “audacity” to call themselves 'parents'."
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