Dog Days #5

Fandango has given us Inheritance as our prompt today.
FDDA 5th August

My family weren’t rich, so any monetary inheritance was a non starter, and after my Dad died, Mum made her own funeral arrangements so that us kids wouldn’t have the worry. She never had a lot of money and as she was on a reduced pension, qualified for pension credits. She always put her winter heating allowance (even though the government started to reduce it every year) towards Christmas as she couldn’t get out to buy gifts so would send a small cheque to the grandchildren however many times removed. Before her death, we had five living generations, now we still do but they are sideways by means of uncles and aunts rather than a direct line.
When Mum came up to us for holidays, she always ‘paid her way’ by contributing to the household shop or treating us to cakes or similar if we were out.
Therefore you can imagine my utter surprise and pleasure to receive a cheque from my sister as my ‘quarter share’ of Mum’s estate two years ago.
It wasn’t a huge amount, but for my Mum’s circumstances it was a lot, and enough to buy a few things for the house, including a much needed new cooker. I have the box of Mum’s treasures she put aside for me, each item in a box marked with my name in her hand.

Inheritance isn’t just about money. It’s a host of things, like my natural gift for music passed on from my Dad, my love of nature and animals, my rapport with dogs, my hazel brown eyes, my good skin, my sense of caring, being a ‘people person’, all wrapped up in my general persona and inherited from not only my parents, but the generations before.
I like to think I got most of the good stuff!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to Dog Days #5

  1. willowdot21 says:

    You are so right Di πŸ’œ

  2. Sadje says:

    You’re lucky to have inherited all these lovely qualities.

  3. What a nice little piece, well done.

  4. murisopsis says:

    You are so right about the inheritance. It is not the $$ but the intangible things – my father’s laugh, my mother’s sense of humor, and my red hair (4th generation)! Some people are all about the money. I can see that the major bones of contention will be the picture frame with my great grandmother’s photo in it, the wooden potato masher, and my great great grandfather’s butcher knife…

    • I don’t know what happened to the photo of my grandmother or me as a baby that used to be on the piano. I don’t know what happened to that either, Mys sister didn’t play and Mum said in her will if she didn’t want it it should be sold and the proceeds split between the two of us. It wasn’t mentioned and I won’t ask. I have my treasures and the memories that go with them.

  5. Carol anne says:

    I’m sure you got all the good stuff Di! Its nice you’ve got a box of treasures from your mum!

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