Linking up with Wordless Wednesday, BeThere2Day, and Sandee at Comedy Plus.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This month, the prompts are being provided by Susan Kane and posted by River.
This week's words/prompts are:
use either list or both, or mix and match, just have fun.
If you wish to include Charlotte/Mother Owl's colour of the month it is salmon pink for March.
(Note: this story is mostly true, with a little bit added, and the family in question is very distant relatives of ours, so i've painted it with a broad brush.)
The family story isn't worth a HEADLINE in the local news, but it does REVEAL a crack in the FOUNDATION of their lives.
A quick OVERVIEW: when Mama was sick, brother and his wife took matters in HAND, working their regular jobs and keeping her house in good condition, he mowing her lawn and doing upkeep, she cleaning, both making sure Mama was SAFE and in a good place with excellent care, making sure the grandchildren went to visit often.
Sister, a widow, visited Mama when it was convenient and didn't lift a finger.
They'd barely had time to BURY Mama when sister began the antics. You know the kind. Brother, as executor of the estate, wanted to carry out Mama's wishes to the letter, making sure both of them got half (or as close to half as you can get when some items of personal property, hard to value, are involved).
Sister wanted to STEAMroll over him and bully him into giving her everything. In that VEIN, she tried to thwart his every move, objecting to repairs to and sale of the house, disagreeing with his SURVEY of Mama's possessions ("Mama gave me the EMERALD ring, and the good china, and the antique SALMON PINK table linens! They don't count, she told me they were mine!" that sort of thing).
Sister's way to FLING him a bone in the whole proceeding was to say, "You sell your house, buy Mama's house from the estate and repair it yourselves. Then you'll have her house to remember her by, and you can give me all the money and personal possessions from the estate."
This is ongoing among distant family, and brother is grieving. He's lost Mama (Dad passed away over 20 years ago, but it still hurts, too), and now he's losing sister, who has always been difficult but never quite like this.
I'm taking it as a warning. Do not let someone's death turn you into a monster. It happens, and it's not pretty.
Barthelemy Boganda Day -- Central African Republic
Big Red Horse Day -- birth anniversary of Man O' War and Secretariat
Borrowed Days begin -- old English/Scottish/Irish legends about how March borrowed the next 3 days from April; these are still seen as weather prognostication days based on several different legends
Day of Redress -- Fairy Calendar
Knights of Columbus Founders Day
Little Red Wagon Day
Martyrs' Day -- Madagascar
National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day -- as recognized by AICPA
Smoke and Mirrors Day -- some sites call it "Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day," but appropriately no one knows who started it
St. Armogastes of Africa's Day (Patron of the poor and torture victims; against poverty and torture)
St. Gladys' and St. Gwynllyw's Day (the Welsh "Bonny and Clyde", who led a life of crime before their conversion)
Whole Grain Sampling Day -- sponsored by the Whole Grains Council
Youth Day -- Taiwan
Harry Hamlin weds Lisa Rinna, 1997
Yeshiva College (now University) is chartered in New York, 1928
Hideaki Takizawa, 1982
Jennifer Capriati, 1976
Lucy Lawless, 1968
Elle Macpherson, 1964
Christopher Lambert, 1957
Kurt Thomas, 1956
Earl Christian Campbell, 1955
Karen Ann Quinlan, 1954
Bud Cort, 1950
George Blaha, 1945
Eric Idle, 1943
John Major, 1943
John Joseph McLaughlin, 1927
Pearl Bailey, 1918
Sam Walton, 1918
Eugene Mccarthy, 1916
Philip Ahn, 1905
Denton True "Cy" Young, 1867
Isaac Mayer Wise, Rabbi and Founder of Reform Judaism, 1819
John Tyler, 1790
Carlo Buonaparte, father of Napoleon Bonaparte, 1746
"Woman of the Year"(Play), 1981
"The King and I"(Play), 1951
"Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows"(circus), 1919
"Mutt and Jeff"(Comic strip), 1908
"Jevgeni Onegin/Eugene Onegin"(Opera; Tchaikovsky Op. 24), 1879
Today in History:
The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded, 1549
Treaty of Saint-Germain is signed, returning Quebec to French control after the English had seized it in 1629, 1632
Swedish colonists establish the first settlement in Delaware, 1638
Ludwig von Beethoven, age 24, debuts as a pianist in Vienna, 1795
Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway, 1806
Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam, 1848
The United Kingdom annexes the Punjab, 1849
Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 & women to work more than 10 hours a day, 1852
Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867
Queen Victoria presides over the opening of Albert Hall in London, 1871
The Knights of Columbus are established, 1882
Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in his back yard, 1886
The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement goes into effect at 03:00 local time, 1941
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, 1951
NASA's Mariner 10 becomes the first spaceprobe to fly by Mercury, 1974
The Canada Act 1982 (U.K.) receives the Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, setting the stage for the Queen of Canada to proclaim the Constitution Act, 1982
Catherine Callbeck becomes premier of Prince Edward Island and the first woman to be elected in a general election as premier of a Canadian province, 1993
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members, 2004
The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants, 2004
Thirty-five countries and over 370 cities join Earth Hour for the first time, 2008
A transistor-like transcriptor is built out of DNA and RNA molecules by American bioengineers at Stanford University, 2013
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announces that Arab leaders will be combining their military resources to combat violence in the region; Saudi Arabia has already led joint forces in airstrikes on Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, 2015
UK Prime Minister Theresa May sends a letter to the EU invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally triggering Brexit, 2017
The megaship Ever Given is freed after nearly a week stuck in and blocking the Suez Canal, 2021
A new study of Pluto based on 2015 footage from NASA's New Horizons Telescope is published which shows evidence of cryovolcanoes and ice lava, 2022
A sad story this week. Mama should have left a specific will stating what each was to have from her estate. I certainly don't think Sister deserves all that she is demanding.ReplyDelete
Aaargh. I fear similar stories are played out all over the world.ReplyDelete
A sad story but all too common. We had similar when my MIL died, a weak brother with a very domineering wife, but thankfully the executors were good friends of my MIL and would take no nonsense.ReplyDelete
Work in progress lolReplyDelete
Have a progressivetastic week 👍
We are all works-in-progress, I think. And it's good to remember that.ReplyDelete
That kind of family stuff is so sad. People can get so addicted to money and things and they forget what life is really about. It seems like every family has someone who is one of "those" people.ReplyDelete
Work in progress, that's me! A great story with a though-provoking final paragraph.ReplyDelete
I have a few works in progress... As for the story, it could be so simple if people just stick to the plan. The Executor has the power. Follow the plan like a leader and don't look back. Hard to do but the drama decreases that way.ReplyDelete
I'm still a work in progress. It's all good.ReplyDelete
Some family members are something else. Every family has them. I so remember. I didn't get in on these horrible actions when our parents passed. Not saying that some in the family did.
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We're all a work in progress.ReplyDelete
My comment has vanished. It progressed somewhere ...ReplyDelete
Sad story and even sadder is I have heard similar versions over the years.ReplyDelete
That was a sad story but mostly true for so many families I'm sure.ReplyDelete
That story was so sad, but it is true for so many.ReplyDelete
I could've sworn I left a message some place! Oh well, hello again girlfriend. How are YOU doing? Great I hope. Well, are you getting ready for Easter? I know I am. With 10 grandchildren & 5 great-grandchildren... yep, I'll be pretty busy with Easter baskets! Have a great day! hugs!ReplyDelete
When I hear such a story, I come to think of a distant relative who gave away most of her stuff while still alive. This sounds more and more like the way to do it.ReplyDelete
It saddens me to think how some siblings are so greedy and seemingly uncaring at times as this. When a loved one thinks his/her last words will carry forward without a hitch have no ideas that their once little darlings are anything but "darling".ReplyDelete
Oh, dear, that is soooo sad! Daddy always said that few families survive a death. I've sure seen it in some...ReplyDelete