Discarded: Understanding An Estrangement

Shinyung Oh
Published in
19 min readMar 16

Photo by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Almost seventeen years ago, my sister told me to never contact her again. In those seventeen years, so much has happened (or not happened). We have not attended each other’s weddings, she has never met my children, and she never got to know my husband Jeff. We have not celebrated any holidays together. My family of origin has never gotten together as a group in those years.