My Daughter, 11, Returned from Her Aunt Barely Speaking – Then, in Tears, She..

OP worked there at the time and X would stop by on Saturdays before he went on a walk with Lily. Eventually, he and OP started dating. Their romance blossomed over time, leading to marriage and OP legally adopting Lily as her own daughter soon after getting hitched. Even Lily adored OP’s sister, Mia, 24, and the feeling was mutual with her. Mia used to spend more time with Lily, asking her parents whether she could pick her up from school to go and eat or go to the bookstore. Things drastically changed after Lily’s milestone. OP explained that her family has a tradition, involving the act of gifting the oldest daughter an old sapphire ring on her 11th birthday. The said ring belonged to OP’s grandmother,

who gave it to her aunt, who then passed it down to her because all her cousins were men. A cherished family tradition saw a significant milestone in Lily’s life; she was gifted an old sapphire ring on her 11th birthday. OP gushed about how much Lily loved the ring and put it on a chain to wear around her neck to keep it safe. In the months she had had it, she had never seen her take it off. One day, Mia took Lily out on a school night. Upon the youngster’s return home after her parents had had dinner, her demeanor had changed. OP shared, “She barely said hello to her dad or me before she went up to her room.” OP and her husband did not immediately ask their daughter what was wrong but she went up to her room later on to ensure she was okay. Once she walked into her room, she realized Lily had been crying. After a while, the little girl eventually told her mom that her aunt Mia had taken her ring away from her. According to Mia, the ring, being a family heirloom, should remain within the bounds of blood relations, thereby disqualifying Lily due to her adopted status. OP said she failed to go over to Mia’s apartment that night because she spent the rest of the evening reassuring her daughter that she is family despite what the DNA or anyone says. The next morning, a confrontation between the two sisters ensued, with OP demanding the immediate return of the ring. Mia texted OP saying she would only return the ring once she had a daughter before she did, adding she would keep it safe to ensure OP did not give it to the “wrong person.” Mia’s refusal, masked under the guise of preserving family tradition, prompted OP to threaten legal action against her sister. OP had told Mia that if she did not return the ring by 2 p.m. that day, she would call the police and report it stolen.