Have you ever been put in a situation where you’re forced to side with someone you really don’t care for? I’m in that kind of situation with my maternal aunt this morning. I’ve written about my aunt before and could probably write a book on the various run-ins we’ve had over the years. To some degree I think she deserves whatever she gets as she’s a pretty vicious person, but the situation she’s in right now is just plain over the line.
Her stepson, a professor at a Baptist university, wants to take her furniture and auction it off because his father didn’t specifically state in his will that she was to have not only the house, but the furnishings also. He also left her the land and if there’s anything worth trying to rip out from under her that’s it as it’s worth more, but I doubt he would challenge that as it would probably undermine his own inheritance which is alleged to be in the thousands of dollars.
Exactly how damn vicious or greedy do you have to be to try and take someone’s frigging furniture away from them? We’re not talking decorative items, we’re talking about her bed, her dining room table, her living room furniture and other necessities such as those.
At the same time, this isn’t the first time this has happened in the family. A similar incident happened when my maternal grandmother died at the instigation of two of my uncles one of which was the named executer in her will and fundamentalists also. As with my aunt’s stepson they nitpicked the will and concluded that since my grandmother’s will said “legitimate” children, that meant she intended to exclude her eldest child who was born out of wedlock when she was 14 years old. So, they forced an auction, boarded up the house and let him live on the streets for years until one of them went for a political position and it became apparent that forcing one’s by then dying brother to live in a shack at the mercy of others tends to stick to self-awarded halos like ticks on a dog.
It’s just mind-boggling, ya know?