More than 300 families that I know must have made this statement! I love it. All those reading my blog know that I believe in keeping things simple, and using own skills rather than ‘hired’ skills. Even when it comes to making a will…my normal advice is “If you have led a simple uncomplicated life – one marriage, two ‘normal’ kids, do not worry about a will. Ensure that everything that you own is properly documented, nominated,…and kept in a safe place.
However some stories that I hear are stunning…here are two:
One father always had a troubled relationship with his son. Now he is unable to ask his son to go leave the house. The son is earning well and can afford to pay for his rent and food. He gave his son a choice of paying Rs. 20k rent or moving out. However the mother of the son will not have it either way!
In fact she convinced the father to co-sign a car loan for the son…a nice big car which the son’s Form 16 did not support.
The son did not pay beyond the second or third installment. Then he banged it up so bad that the car cannot be sold.
The father is convinced he banged it on purpose. Mother is now not sure. However she also feels she should not have pushed for the Rs. 9 lakh loan.
The second story
Another normal family. Father died….and there was not enough life insurance. Mother a housewife. Elder son employed, younger son studying in college.
When the mother asked the elder son for money to pay for the younger son’s college, the elder son said “My brother’s education is not my responsibility…pay from wherever, but I do not have the cash flow”.
Next month the elder son made a down payment for a car.
Both the families are ‘friends’ of friends ….and I have met them after the incidents had happened.
However it could have happened to ANYBODY…be prepared and communicate well with your kids….DO NOT ASSUME!
These days nobody seems to be normal !
will do more stories about ‘normal’ kids.
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