Thoughts, Stories, and Bits of Wisdom
Have you ever heard someone ask that question? Or, maybe you’ve said it yourself in a different way. “What are we leaving the kids?” Or perhaps thought about it and not mentioned it to anyone because you didn’t want to go there?
I know it’s crass but it does get asked. It could be old friends who share all their secrets or simply idle curiosity among friends. (Too much wine can lead to this type of discussion.) The question gets asked and the thought is always how much MONEY are you leaving the kids.
I have a question. How often have you sat down and thought about what you are leaving your children in a non-monetary sense?
I’ll tell you right up front what our parents left us from a money perspective. When all was said and done, my two brothers and I got $379 each, a suitcase full of photos and documents, a foot stool, and no debts to take care of. What more could we ask for?
Let me be clear, as good as our parents were, this was no “Leave it to Beaver” household. You may need to Google that one.
Our parents had their faults and our lives were interrupted by illness, accidents, lack of money and many other things that a lot of families experience.
However, we neither lacked food on the table nor love (most of time). You may want to check out my post “Most of the Time…” http://ow.ly/jatYo to understand why I put that phrase in parentheses.
I now find it interesting that things that were very difficult at the time for my brothers and me don’t seem so difficult now. We can now look back and sometimes laugh.
I’ve found that as I get older, the bad times are gathering dust in the closet and only come out when I invite them. The good times are always sitting in the middle of room, clean and waiting to be used again.
So, besides $379 here’s what else I think they left me
So, when the time comes to ask or you’re asked “What are you leaving the kids?” I’d like you to think about that for a minute before replying.
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