Woman is wor­ried about her hous­ing, but has sib­ling is­sue

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

DEAR AN­NIE: I am a dis­abled sin­gle mother of two, and I work part time. We live in a mod­est mo­bile home that is be­com­ing too dif­fi­cult for me to main­tain. The hard win­ter re­sulted in fre­quent frozen wa­ter pipes, no heat and high util­ity bills.

My par­ents have of­fered to pur­chase a house for us, and I would only have to pay the taxes. The prob­lem is my sis­ter, who lives out of state with a well-off hus­band. She does not agree with my par­ents’ gen­er­ous of­fer and is very crit­i­cal of me. This makes things un­com­fort­able. She will de­mand that my par­ents make a sim­i­lar of­fer to her, which she cer­tainly does not need.

Our par­ents have helped my sis­ter in the past, in­clud­ing an ex­trav­a­gant wed­ding. Should I refuse the of­fer in or­der to keep the min­i­mal peace I have with her?

— Des­per­ate Times

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