His reaction makes me think my brother is a jerk

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DEAR AMY: For years before my dad died, he repeatedly told his four adult kids that he would leave his (small, rundown) family home to Brother #1.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune) 

Sister and I agreed with him, as this brother had need of it (low-income, with children) and the rest of us didn’t.

Brother #2 was livid and hasn’t spoken to us for three years. (By the way, he is wealthy — owns a boat, enjoys multiple vacations each year, has a $20,000 racing bike — and had no need for the home.)

Fast-forward to now. Brother #1 (now in the house) has a seriously ill newborn baby. I flew home from Europe, sister traveled across the country to be there.

We did school runs, grocery shopping, etc. to allow my brother and his wife to spend time in the hospital. (The baby is still in the hospital, but is getting better.) Brother #2 — who lives 15 minutes away — did nothing. He sent a short text message when my brother and sister told him about this health crisis, but no phone call, no offer to help — nothing!

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