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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Gift Of A Lifetime

In my experience, stories of estranged siblings are fairly commonplace. It's probably no surprise that many of the stories I've heard often involve money. How consistent is this with your experience?

Although I seem to be taken aback each time I hear about siblings who have had a falling out or have drifted apart - for many reasons - I try to suppress my surprise and sadness. Though my befuddlement is more difficult to conceal when sordid money stories surface, that too gets supplanted by gratitude when I consider my story.

Given his lack of education and steady but unremarkable work history, neither I nor my brother and  sisters had any expectation about an inheritance when Dad died in 1997. We were then surprised to learn of a small estate to be equally divided between us four. At the time I fully expected - as executor - some further questions about Dad's will. I was never asked a single question. Their complete trust in me during this painful period in our lives was the most gracious gift the three of them have ever given to me, a gift I will never forget.

Recently listening to another heartbreaking sibling story, those difficult months twenty two years ago returned to me. How fortunate I am.

8 comments:

  1. This made my day! It still makes me sad that our boys never got to know their grandfather, but they certainly know the impotence of family.

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    1. Kelly; Glad I made your day! Thanks for reading.

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  2. Yes, this happens unfortunately too often. I am happy for you. My one (and only) sister and I were estranged for a number of years. It wasn't so much about money but a close cousin "control." We patched things up before my father died. (My mother had died many years before.) Now we are truly good friends and love and support each other. A happy ending.

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    1. Ines; As always, I appreciate you reading and commenting. And, I'm happy your story has a happy ending - so many do not.

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  3. That is so nice to hear, since I know your brother and sisters. No money for my brothers and sisters to worry about. However, I know of terrible stories. I am always amazed at what money does to people.

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    1. Ed; I too am always amazed at what money does to people but when it comes between siblings, it makes me so sad.

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  4. Such a special thing to be grateful for!

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