Last June, my sister and I took a trip with mom to Virginia to explore backwards. Kathy and I arrived separately by plane to Charlotte, and the next day, we got up to make the 3.5 hour trip to Lynchburg. Along the way, I recorded mom as I peppered her with questions. During the course of this blog I will post some pieces.
On the subject of finances, mom told Kathy and I the following.
“Carol and I helped with Momma, she (Odelle) wrote in the journal about it. We knew she could pay her bills, because I was doing most of her finances then as far as…I was her power of attorney for check books, so I knew what she had when I paid the bills and I knew there wasn’t a lot left over for going out to lunch or buying a new outfit. So Carol and I decided we would chip in and give her $100 month. Fifty each. We told her not to use it for anything but fun, fun. But I tell you, when she died, after we paid everything she had about $80 dollars left.”
My siblings and I have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to our parents. But one of the things that I am the most thankful for is how they have put themselves in a position to plan for their future.
Mom also told Kathy and I:
“We always rented a house, we never owned a house. Somehow or another , Daddy’s (Lacy) philosophy was if you can’t pay for it, don’t buy it. Which everyone was coming home from the war (WWII), buying houses. My dad of course didn’t go to the war because he was injured. But for some reason, he never owned a house and basically, that was a problem that left my mom without anything because he wasn’t a very good business man.”