Upon hearing that my elderly aunt and uncle are declining in their health and financial situation, there are numerous family members that are reaching out to try to help them in their time of need. The are both in their late 80′s, so none of this is really unexpected, but it is a truly emotional roller coaster ride for everyone concerned. There are many relationships in the family that have been in crisis and it does my heart good to see folks putting their differences aside in order to pull together and share the love.
I’ve been on the phone for most of the day. So much so that the batteries are all toast on all the phones so while phones are charging I thought I would spend a bit of time online. I need a distraction from all the family drama for a bit. The last phone I made today before my cell phone died with my youngest brother who I haven’t seen in over 10 years and he only lives 4 hours away for goodness sake! After filling him in with all the information that I had gather and getting some feedback and some answers to the hundreds of questions that are being thrown out on the table, he informed me that his job was in possible jeopardy and that his was starting to prepare for a job search by getting his resume and references together and updated. He has some connections with a few Staffing Agencies that are willing and able to do what they can do in such a competitive employment market out there these past several years.
Whew! Now that I got all of that off my chest I think I’ll go on YouTube.com and find some funky music.
I have a friend who always has a good story to tell about the things that went on in his life when he was younger. The following is one of his stories:
“When I was a young adult, it was difficult to get my folks to go to an establishment where they served alcohol, even if it was to see an entertainer.
A friend of the family opened a bar in our hometown where the Farm and Home store used to be located. He remodeled it, it was very nice, and very large inside. He would have different entertainers there, and it had a large dance floor. One night, Marvin Rainwater (an entertainer from Nashville) was playing at the bar. This place was very nice, there had never been a fight there. I finally talked my folks into going.
Well, on that particular night, there were two women, one on each side of the room who, for whatever reason, disagreed about something. So, before the show even began, these two females met in the middle of the dance floor and began to fight. The owner tried to get in the middle to break it up, but without success. He had a habit of carrying a large wad of money in his shirt pocket. There was blonde hair and money all over the place.
Go figure, the one night I talk my parents into going to a bar, after building it up and telling what a nice place it was, there was a fight on that night.”
When I was a child, about 12 years old, if I remember correctly, I found a $20 bill in the driveway of the local general store. I lived in a small town in the country, in a lower middle class community and $20 was a lot of money.
So, being raised as an honest person by my wonderful grandmother, I did the right thing and turned the money over to the store’s owner. He said that he would hold on to it and if it was not claimed, I would get it back. Fair enough, as it was more than I expected.
So, we waited for four weeks and no one came back in looking for that $20 bill. I received it back, along with an additional $10 from the store owner, in appreciation of my honesty. It made me feel good about myself that I did the right thing, and it also paid off in the end!!! I was able to buy quite a few things with that $30 – money went a lot further in those days.