OP bought the framed bat skeleton anyway. Their mom got upset over OP's present.
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Before she could ruin the moment, OP told Allie the skeleton would look great next to her poster at their dad's house.
Allie agreed. She said she planned on displaying it there because most of her bat collection was at their dad's house.
Their mom pulled OP aside before the siblings left for their dad's house. She scolded OP for going around her rules.
OP said she technically didn't break any rule. Their mom said OP was grounded when she returned from her father's place. OP's dad didn't see anything wrong with the gift but told OP she knew what she was doing when she bought the present.
OP's mom needs to take a step back and see how her disgust at Allie's hobbies could affect her daughter's sense of self.
OP is doing a great job showing her older sister that their mom is wrong for treating her and her hobbies as less-than.
OP and Allie's solidarity is something to be admired.
OP said she and Allie get each other two gifts at Christmas: one to open at each parent's house. It's probably best if OP saves the mummified/fossilized creatures for their father's Christmas mornings from now on.
It sucks that OP was grounded for getting Allie such a wonderful gift, but it's a price worth paying for, for her sister's happiness.
Allie deserves to know that there are people who don't see her and her hobbies as something disgusting or weird.
Redditors voted that OP wasn't the a**hole for buying her sister a framed bat skeleton.
The rule that their mom enforced was unfair to Allie and OP. Her constant demeaning of Allie's hobbies will eventually affect their relationship and how Allie sees herself.
OP has nothing to feel bad about. Her thoughtful gift to her sister showed Allie how valued she and her hobbies are in their family.