One sister's rude behavior to her other sister has gone viral, thanks to columnist Amy Dickinson, who let her have it in a no-holds barred answer when the "rude sister" wrote in to ask Amy's advice. The woman complains that her sister is angry and hurt and doesn't understand why she and other family member's don't invite "Wendy" to weekend shopping trips. In her mind, it's perfectly obvious why "Wendy" isn't welcome. For one, Wendy is a single working mom without much income.
"We are all married stay-at-home-moms," writes the sister. "Wendy is a divorced working mom." She concludes that Wendy doesn't have much in common with the SAHMs.
She then goes on to say that Wendy "doesn't have very much money for such an outing." Other reasons Wendy is excluded? She doesn't go to church as much as the others, and she "doesn't fit in with us anymore."
Wendy was so upset by this treatment that she "came unannounced" to her sister's home to complain, but was tossed out by her sister's husband. Now the sister says that Wendy barely speaks to her and tells other family members that she is a horrible person. Was she?
Amy, whose advice column is syndicated by The Chicago Tribune, didn't waste time delivering her verdict.
"You are a horrible person."
Yep, message should be pretty clear. Amy went on to write:
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.
Ouch! Amy's response hit such a nerve that the post has gone viral. Something she didn't know until I called her and asked her about her answer. This woman was, obviously, quite clueless, but Amy says she really took this one personally.
"I didn't like her whole undercurrent of being in a different socioeconomic class," Amy told The Stir. "I was a single mom for 17 years and I understand all too well the subtle -- and not so subtle-- prejudice that goes on between moms who work and moms who don't. I've dealt with it myself and I don't like it."
Not to mention the holier-than-thou attitude the sister espoused. "The letter was so sancitmonious," says Amy. "And she wanted me to place fault with her sister. It's her fault. Am I horrible? Yeah, bitch, you are. You are the worst."
Amy says this is "far from the biggest smackdown" she's ever given, but it's definitely got to be one of the most deserved.
Do you think that the sister is out of line? Do you think SAHMs and working moms can't play nicely together?
Image via Amy Dickinson