Feb 18, 2009
Stimulating thoughts and what not
Stimulus plans, housing help, it makes me think about my father. My dad was a frugile man. Had the mentality of "Never borrow against the store". I remember being 11 years old and we owned a house. My mother (prior to their divorce) was so happy to be a homeowner. My father hated that house. He knew that he couldn't afford it. My dad worked 6 days a week. I rememember heated arguements between my two parents, he begging her to turn off the air conditioner, he told he to go to the mall and use their's as it was free. My dad believed in the power of cash. The older he got the more he kept and withheld from the bank. He liked knowing it was there. Tangible, in his pocket. We sold that house when I was 12 or so I think. We ate very cheaply that year and a half my dad owned the house. He payed his mortgage in a timely fashion, but when the plumbing went up, so did the for sale sign. He wouldn't borrow against the house that he could barely afford, to fix the plumbing. He said it made him uncomfortable to owe a bank that much money. My brother and I always made fun of him, called him cheap etc..jokes with love. My dad died, he donated his body to science. He didn't want his now wife to have to pay for a funeral. He ironically bought a second house later in life for his second wife. He hated that house too. When my father was alive he was generous to his family, denying us or others nothing. He died relatively broke. The bank took the house from his wife, her kids ran my dad's business into the ground within 6 months. My step-mother now lives in West Virginia with eldest daughter, who takes good care of her. My two step-sibilings are still pissing in the wind. Life has went on. I wonder what my dad would have thought about the economic times we are facing these days. A nation of payday loans that we can't pay back. His old oyster and beer spot a dope dealers corner now. I think he might be resting more peacefully than he would be living.
Posted by Lori