We visited family overseas, including my dad, who I hadn't seen in a decade. My dad went all out and got us a cabin on a nearby (2 hour drive) nature reserve. He saved a longass time and spent a lot of money to take us to different areas in said reserve to see wildlife and enjoy scenery. His birthday was that week. At the party his wife made a point that she was upset she couldn't get him an expensive ring she liked "because you kids came down and cost us so much." He doesn't even like rings. He wanted to make memories with his children, fuck me right?
Edit: the money was his, she was covering bills to allow him to save up his disability income so she had less spending money. She prioritized her kids above all else and was manipulative as fuck. An honorable mention:
When my dad moved in with her, she sent my mom a letter saying he needed to hear that his marriage was truly over, the divorce was final, and that his children would be ok without him in our lives. My mother obliged as step-mom was her trusted friend. It wasn't easy but she felt it was for the best that he get closure. Turns out my dad wanted to stay in contact and be involved in his kids lives. He never knew that his step-mom told her to send a letter. He was destroyed when he read it. It still hurts him today.