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(Slate)   "My sister-in-law has always been dull and smug; when I got into a car accident, she stepped up the most, let me cry on her shoulder, drove me to my doctor appointments. She and my brother are having trouble; I think I love her. Can I pull it off?"   (slate.com) divider line
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2020-08-10 7:16:31 AM  
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2020-08-10 7:44:10 AM  
People will surprise you. I have one friend who was always the most unreliable person I knew - always late for appointments, or calling me to ask if I could pick up her boy from day care because she was running late; constantly getting into bad (not abusive, mind you: just ill-conceived and one-sided) relationships; years behind on filing her taxes. She would start businesses then lose interest after about three months. In the sitcom of life, she was my wacky next door neighbor.

And then one night, while my wife was away on a trip, I had to go to the emergency room. And she was the one who stepped up and said "don't worry, I'll take of your son tonight, get him to school tomorrow if you can't, you go do what you need to do. And call me if you need a ride home from the ER because of painkillers".

/CSB
 
2020-08-10 8:44:09 AM  
If and only if your brother is dead will this work.
 
2020-08-10 10:25:31 AM  
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2020-08-10 10:25:34 AM  
Dear Penthouse Prudie,
 
2020-08-10 10:29:24 AM  
You'd be better pulling it off instead of messing with your brother's wife.
 
2020-08-10 10:47:15 AM  
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2020-08-10 10:51:45 AM  
What the heck are we reading?

No. No! no. Even to a guy like me that's cold.
 
2020-08-10 11:05:33 AM  
This sounds like a complex problem fraught with danger.  Thankfully, there is a simple, fool proof solution.  Buttsex.
 
2020-08-10 11:22:59 AM  
I've heard that this is a topic covered in depth on that website Hub of Porn.
 
2020-08-10 11:27:04 AM  
This would have been so much better if the writer was female
 
2020-08-10 11:29:56 AM  

HugeMistake: People will surprise you. I have one friend who was always the most unreliable person I knew - always late for appointments, or calling me to ask if I could pick up her boy from day care because she was running late; constantly getting into bad (not abusive, mind you: just ill-conceived and one-sided) relationships; years behind on filing her taxes. She would start businesses then lose interest after about three months. In the sitcom of life, she was my wacky next door neighbor.

And then one night, while my wife was away on a trip, I had to go to the emergency room. And she was the one who stepped up and said "don't worry, I'll take of your son tonight, get him to school tomorrow if you can't, you go do what you need to do. And call me if you need a ride home from the ER because of painkillers".

/CSB


Sorry but your handle said all that needed to be said in response to OP
 
2020-08-10 11:30:50 AM  

SuperChuck: This would have been so much better if the writer was female


Don't be puerile.

WERE

It's the subjunctive.
 
2020-08-10 11:54:59 AM  
Janice? OH. MY. GAWD!
 
2020-08-10 12:38:27 PM  
So you're basically lonely and desperate, only one non-blood relative has given you the time of day (albeit only in a friendly/familial manner) in a couple years, and you decided you're in love with her?

What's more, her marriage is (maybe) on the rocks...so no doubt she's looking for a new relationship immediately and really is hoping someone is out there waiting until the ink is dry on the divorce ready to put her back in another relationship - plus you offer the added benefit of not having to change in-laws! (well, other than you and your brother swapping places, of course).

My dude, you're in. Totally in. Like butt-stuff in.

/note: the only butt that will be involved in stuff is your own, by your own doing
 
2020-08-10 12:49:19 PM  
I like how he assumes she feels anything for him but pity. Hell, for all we know her helping this guy out is why her marriage is on the rocks- his brother knows he's something of a useless loser and is tired of spending time and resources on him.
 
2020-08-10 12:59:08 PM  
Didn't we just have this letter (or a close variation) a week or two ago?  Woman wanted to dump her fiance to go out with his brother (who she was deeply in love with despite only having met him once...).

Now I know most of these are figments of drunken imagination, but ffs, you're getting paid to do this. Put a little effort/pride into your work
 
2020-08-10 1:07:59 PM  
Go for it. Let us know how it works out.
 
2020-08-10 1:45:09 PM  
ftfa: 'had a bad car accident, lost my job, got dumped, and developed a drinking problem. When I hit rock bottom, my family was there for me, but it was Janice who stepped up... so now, lonely, desperate for affection, and still all banged up, I am in love'

So he thinks Janice might be hot for a banged-up bankrupt drunk bro?
Looks like that car accident knocked the logic right out of his head.
 
2020-08-10 1:47:24 PM  
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2020-08-10 1:50:57 PM  
You're thinking about this the wrong way, you aren't in love with her. You even mention that there's no chemistry between the two of you. She however saw you at your lowest point, and cared for you and gave you support. You're not in love with her, you just love the idea that someone who saw you at your rock bottom still wanted to be around you. While she's going through a tough time in her marriage now is not the time to take advantage of her feelings.

Honestly, you're thinking about this the wrong way and have fallen into the trap of considering relationships to be a binary thing. What is likely going on in her marriage is that things have gotten a little predictable and they might need to spice the relationship up. Instead of trying to break up their marriage by expressing your feelings, consider exploring a different option. Invite them over for a BBQ, tell them you're thinking of making a spit-roast. When they're over and your comfortable open a couple bottles of wine, maybe play a friendly game of clothes optional poker, see where it goes from there. That's a win-win scenario, you get to physically express your feelings of gratitude to the wife, they get some much needed excitement to their marriage, and as you and your brother lock eyes over her back while she does her best chinese finger trap impression below you and he will never feel closer as brothers than that moment.
 
2020-08-10 2:06:10 PM  

Nick Nostril: Go for it. Let us know how it works out.


I'm sure the murder-suicide would find it's way to FARK eventually.
 
2020-08-10 2:11:54 PM  

BadAdviceGuy: You're thinking about this the wrong way, you aren't in love with her. You even mention that there's no chemistry between the two of you. She however saw you at your lowest point, and cared for you and gave you support. You're not in love with her, you just love the idea that someone who saw you at your rock bottom still wanted to be around you. While she's going through a tough time in her marriage now is not the time to take advantage of her feelings.

Honestly, you're thinking about this the wrong way and have fallen into the trap of considering relationships to be a binary thing. What is likely going on in her marriage is that things have gotten a little predictable and they might need to spice the relationship up. Instead of trying to break up their marriage by expressing your feelings, consider exploring a different option. Invite them over for a BBQ, tell them you're thinking of making a spit-roast. When they're over and your comfortable open a couple bottles of wine, maybe play a friendly game of clothes optional poker, see where it goes from there. That's a win-win scenario, you get to physically express your feelings of gratitude to the wife, they get some much needed excitement to their marriage, and as you and your brother lock eyes over her back while she does her best chinese finger trap impression below you and he will never feel closer as brothers than that moment.


Username does not check out. That's some of the best advice I've ever seen in a Prudie thread!
 
2020-08-10 3:06:34 PM  

casual disregard: SuperChuck: This would have been so much better if the writer was female

Don't be puerile.

WERE

It's the subjunctive.


Sub, dom: it's all good.
 
2020-08-10 3:08:01 PM  

nanim: ftfa: 'had a bad car accident, lost my job, got dumped, and developed a drinking problem. When I hit rock bottom, my family was there for me, but it was Janice who stepped up... so now, lonely, desperate for affection, and still all banged up, I am in love'

So he thinks Janice might be hot for a banged-up bankrupt drunk bro?
Looks like that car accident knocked the logic right out of his head.


He sounds like a project for the ambitious desperate woman
 
2020-08-10 4:35:59 PM  

dittybopper: You'd be better pulling it off instead of messing with your brother's wife.


the hell h talkin bout

biatches loves 2 dicks

/on their way to 3
 
2020-08-10 9:01:56 PM  

casual disregard: SuperChuck: This would have been so much better if the writer was female

Don't be puerile.

WERE

It's the subjunctive.


This were have been so much better if the writer was female?
 
2020-08-10 10:20:17 PM  

BadAdviceGuy: You're thinking about this the wrong way, you aren't in love with her. You even mention that there's no chemistry between the two of you. She however saw you at your lowest point, and cared for you and gave you support. You're not in love with her, you just love the idea that someone who saw you at your rock bottom still wanted to be around you. While she's going through a tough time in her marriage now is not the time to take advantage of her feelings.

Honestly, you're thinking about this the wrong way and have fallen into the trap of considering relationships to be a binary thing. What is likely going on in her marriage is that things have gotten a little predictable and they might need to spice the relationship up. Instead of trying to break up their marriage by expressing your feelings, consider exploring a different option. Invite them over for a BBQ, tell them you're thinking of making a spit-roast. When they're over and your comfortable open a couple bottles of wine, maybe play a friendly game of clothes optional poker, see where it goes from there. That's a win-win scenario, you get to physically express your feelings of gratitude to the wife, they get some much needed excitement to their marriage, and as you and your brother lock eyes over her back while she does her best chinese finger trap impression below you and he will never feel closer as brothers than that moment.


There needs to be an emoji for flipping people the bird. Well-played.
 
2020-08-11 7:51:33 AM  

Be polite walk on the right: dittybopper: You'd be better pulling it off instead of messing with your brother's wife.

the hell h talkin bout

biatches loves 2 dicks

/on their way to 3


Apparently the mere thought of that has given you an erection so hard that it's drained a significant amount of blood from your brain, based upon the spelling and grammar, or more precisely, the lack thereof, in your post.

If it lasts for more than four hours, be sure and consult with a physician.
 
2020-08-11 7:52:13 AM  
Oh, and don't operate any heavy machinery.
 
2020-08-11 12:48:33 PM  

ghostfacekillahrabbit: casual disregard: SuperChuck: This would have been so much better if the writer was female

Don't be puerile.

WERE

It's the subjunctive.

This were have been so much better if the writer was female?


People don't think it be like it is, but it do.
 
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