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My Sister Has an Unusual Hobby, but I Never Expected It to Ruin My Graduation Party

Bettina Dizon
May 13, 2024
12:20 P.M.

Graduating from law was everything to me. I had a difficult journey finishing school, and when it came to an end, I wanted to celebrate my victory. I organized a formal party, only for my sister to show up in her outrageous attire.

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Graduation is looming, and with it came a situation I never thought I’d find myself in with my sister, Dianne. To give a background, I just finished studying law. It was a rollercoaster journey that sent me emotionally and mentally spiraling down.

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A justice scale and judge's hammer | Source: Pexels

Still, I stayed strong. I endured several sleepless nights, getting embarrassed for not knowing the correct answers, and more. Studying the law is no joke, especially in a school where all my peers are competitive.

Sometime during my second year, I was hospitalized. It nearly stopped me from passing my exams, which could have held me back. But with my grit and determination, I passed all my subjects.

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A tired student with a book | Source: Pexels

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With all that I have endured in school, passing was no easy feat. So this celebration is a victory I really deserve. I have been planning this party since my second to the last semester.

Every detail of the evening was meticulously planned, including a strict evening attire dress code, which was communicated well in advance. Everyone knew what was expected, or so I thought. My sister decided to come in an outfit I never thought she would wear to my celebration.

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A formal invitation | Source: Pexels

Diane has always been the vibrant one with a flair for the unique. Her passion for Lolita fashion is a testament to that. I’ve always admired her bold choices and even supported them by gifting her Lolita outfits for birthdays and holidays. But what transpired at my graduation ball still leaves a bitter taste.

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Dianne showed up at the party in full Lolita attire. She had on a completely poofy light pink dress adorned with white and blue prints, ruffles, and chunky shoes. She even wore a pink wig!

She didn’t just wear the outfit; she embodied the role, whisking around with her camera and asking guests, who were clearly uncomfortable, to pose with her. The scene was far from subtle.

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A woman in Lolita fashion attire | Source: Pexels

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I was mortified. This was a formal event, and here she was, turning it into her photoshoot. When I saw her asking some of my professors for photos, I had to draw the line. I pulled her aside and asked her to leave.

She was incredulous, her expression shifting from shock to anger as she accused me of being unsupportive and stormed out, vowing to cut ties.

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A woman in Lolita fashion attire | Source: Pexels

The weeks that followed were heavy with silence from Dianne. It pained me, considering how close we’ve always been. Then, I heard about a Lolita-themed event she was organizing.

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Two sisters fighting | Source: Getty Images

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It was a casual gathering, meant for enjoying music, sharing meals, and of course, taking lots of pictures. I made a decision that day — one that I hoped would mend the rift between us.

I spent days researching Lolita fashion, understanding every element that made it special. I put together an outfit that I hoped would honor her passion. On the day of the event, I dressed up in my carefully chosen Lolita outfit and made my way to the venue.

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A girl in Lolita fashion | Source: Flickr

The moment I stepped in, the room fell silent. Dianne’s eyes widened in absolute shock. There, amidst her world, I was an unexpected participant. But I didn’t just show up; I brought snacks, helped with photography, and immersed myself completely in the festivities. The transformation wasn’t just in my attire but in my efforts to genuinely engage with her interests.

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The reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Friends praised the effort and detail I had put into my outfit, and slowly, the warmth returned to Dianne’s eyes. Later that evening, as we were alone, she reached out to me, her voice tinged with regret. She said:

“Clara, I didn’t realize how much it meant to you, the graduation. I’m sorry for making it about me. Seeing you today, this... it’s more than I expected. Thank you for this, for understanding and showing me how it feels to be supported.”

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It was more than an apology. It was an acknowledgment of our sisterhood and the effort it takes to truly support each other’s worlds. We talked well into the night, reconnecting as sisters and friends who had grown just a little wiser.

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Two girls bonding | Source: Pexels

Reflecting on everything, I think this journey brought us closer. It taught us both about respect, boundaries, and the true essence of support. Dressed in Lolita fashion at her event, I wasn’t just Clara, the soon-to-be lawyer; I was a sister who went the extra mile to mend a bond, to teach by example. And maybe, just maybe, that’s the best graduation gift I could have ever received.

Like Clara, another woman taught her sister-in-law a valuable lesson in life.

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My SIL Is Buying Me Gifts Just to Use Them Herself – I Gave Her a Taste of Her Own Medicine

Hey everyone, Elaine here, coming to you from my cozy little corner filled with books and the gentle hum of library life. As a 35-year-old librarian, I find my joy among worn pages and whispered stories. I prefer the quiet comfort of my routines over the bustling noise of gyms and fashion shows. It's a simple life, and I love it just the way it is.

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Elaine works in her office | Source: Midjourney

Now, my sister-in-law Jenna, couldn't be more different. She's the epitome of a modern fitness guru and fashionista, always dressed in the latest trends and living by her fitness tracker's alerts.

We get along, sure, but there's this odd tension that comes gift-wrapped every now and then, from her to me. Jenna has this habit of giving me gifts that feel less like thoughtful gestures and more like subtle jabs at my lifestyle and, not so subtly, my body image.

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Jenna gifts Elaine a gym membership | Source: Midjourney

It started innocently enough, with a gym membership for my birthday. "For your health," she said with a smile that didn't quite reach her eyes. I thanked her, but the truth was, the gym and I were never going to be best friends. I never used that membership, and guess what? Jenna, always keen on adding more gym time to her schedule, took it over without missing a beat.

Then came Christmas. A sleek, high-end smartwatch that buzzed with fitness goals and sleep tracking stats. Again, I thanked her, tucked it away in a drawer, and, like clockwork, Jenna "borrowed" it within a week because mine was "just collecting dust."

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Jenna flaunts her apple watch | Source: Midjourney

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But the real kicker came at my last birthday. In front of our entire family, Jenna handed me a beautifully wrapped package. Inside was a gorgeous dress, stylish and utterly fashionable—the kind of dress you'd see on a runway.

My heart sank a little when I saw the size tag. It was three sizes too small. Jenna noted my pause and chirped, "It can be your goal dress, Elaine! Imagine how stunning you'll look!"

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided “as is,” and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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