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Thoughts on a Family Betrayal

Updated on October 1, 2011
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Mighty Mom is a keen observer of life. She shares her personal experiences and opinions in helpful and often amusing ways.

To those who have followed my legal adventures and accompanying family drama (or vice versa) of this summer, I honestly thought it was over. Done. Finito. A mediation is never a total win for anyone, but our side (the good guys) fared quite well. And yet, weeks later, we are still finding new evidence of malicious negligence. With each new assault, each new discovery, my vow to put this behind me and move on into healing gets stomped on anew. The best therapy in the world is... you guessed it. Writing!


You did it!

There. I spit it.


Got off Scott free

Thanks to your high priced attorney

Your bad deeds erased

Do you see the disgrace?

Be-suited and bejeweled

Thought you had ‘em fooled.

Sure, you wore the big crown

But upside down.

Parading the title.

Oh yes, that’s vital.

All trickery and lies

Your facade a disguise


But what of the work?

The duties you shirked?


Broke everyone’s trust

With sheer money lust


You made a big mess

Caused total distress


Each day a new finding

Foul evidence blinding


Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder

All sputtering blame

You showed no shame

Made vicious attacks

Got stopped dead in your tracks

That’s the end of your scam

Took the money and ran

It was only a pittance

So grub it, good riddance!

Now you’re out on your ear

How does that feel, dear?

Hope your life’s swell

Oh, and have fun in Hell.

© 2009 Mighty Mom

Go on. Take the money and run.


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    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Coming from you, xstatic, I'll consider that a compliment. I'm not much for artistic poetry. But doggerel suits me just fine. Something about rhyming is oh so cathartic!

      Thanks for visiting! MM

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Ouch! That one was a stinger. Good venting though. Up!

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Not to discourage you from reading my other hubs, MT, but there is no GOOD ending. I'm sooo mad at her still. But she is out of our daily lives, so that's a plus.

      Maybe it's time to write the Sequel. Where is my agent? I'm ready to sell the screenplay (I mean SCREAMplay). Tee hee!

      Thx for visiting!!

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Loved the angry poem. I am so curious now as to what this gal has done. I'll go read your stories on this so I am ready for the Good ending. I don't know her but I am soo mad at her. Tee hee.

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Wayfarer! I am so sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, it's a lot more common than anyone would expect or hope. That's what keeps those pricey lawyers in business.

      I actually wrote a trio of hubs on this subject.The main one is "How to Steal Your Own Inheritance." It explains exactly how my sister-in-law perpertrated what she did. We are lucky in that we caught her fairly early on and although getting her extricated from the trust was painful and expensive (she was able to extort a fair amount) she can't steal any more. It's unfortunate that she is still getting 50% of whatever is left after my MIL dies.But the good news is, the deed to the house is out of her (the SIL) name. Whew.

      I'm really sorry that your evil brother is so selfish.

      I am reading a fabulous book on financial abuse by addicts/alcoholics. Without knowing anything about your brother, just judging by his actions I would venture to guess he has a substance addiction problem the family may not even be aware of.

      It's really helped me understand the WHY of it all.

      But I totally understand your wanting to nurse your grudge. You are welcome to vent here with me anytime! Thanks for visiting.MM

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      9 years ago

      I stumbled on this hub while googling the subject of stolen inheritances. I was surprised to find so many others who have been victimized by their own family members as I was. You have my empathy and moral support which isn't worth much but in these cases it's all you have. I'm now estranged from my evil brother who has stolen not only my inheritance from my grandfather but also my mother's inheritance from my now deceased father. My mother and I are living hand to mouth while he sits on a sizable fortune and continues to receive 6 figures annually from his stolen plunder. I'll spare you the rest of the sad story. But just wanted to say thanks for sharing your tale so eloquently. Misery loves company and I've found some comfort in hearing of your plight and those of others. Good luck to you as your journey continues. Oh and as for forgiveness, it may work for some but not me. I've got a life long grudge and won't let go of it. I find solace in my anger. But that's just me.

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi advisor4qb. Yep, it's about "that." It helps a lot in the letting go of the animosity. The thing about narcissists is they are sick. We see the behavior and it's abhorrent. But they are sick, sick, sick and really deserve our pity. No. Not pity. Prayers, I guess.

      I wish you tons of success in court. Go in triple prepared. Don't assume ANYTHING. That's my advice! Good luck, friend!! MM

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      9 years ago from On New Footing

      I know what this is about, and I feel your pain.

      I am trying to let go of the animosity I had toward the narcissist in my life. Since doing that, I have felt much better. Of course, we haven't been to court yet, so this may change.

      PS Sounds like you won. Awesome! Congrats!

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello DJ Carter. Feels pretty darned good to get all the poison out. Feels even better to have the c-word out of our lives and out of the country, at least for one month. Not to mention the wonderful support of Hubbers like you! Thanks!!! MM

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      DJ Carter 

      9 years ago

      This is wonderful....I know how it feels to have to vent. After it is written you feel so free. Isn't the written word great? Never stop believing in the written word to free you is my motto! Go Girl!

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Intriguing suggestion, TR. I could certainly save a lot of money on therapy if I took your suggestion.

      Who knows what a year will bring. You're right tho. Time will healthe anger -- at least on my side.

      As long as my mother-in-law is safe from harm, which she now is, it's all good. If my sister-in-law gets religion (I use the term loosely) and decides to come back into the fold, we can talk forgiveness. Otherwise, we'll just talk about living without her toxicity. And already it feels sooooo much better!

      Thanks for sharing such sage advice. Sounds like you've been around the block a few times! MM

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      The Rope 

      9 years ago from SE US

      I am so sorry for all that happened. Best therapy I have found is to write a letter to myself - dated a year from now - telling about your journey of despair and forgiveness - over the last year and how you now feel (remember you are talking as if you wrote this a year from now). Put the letter aside and don't look at it for at least a year. You'll be amazed at what you find a year from now when you open it back up.

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey beauty! Thanks for the comment. I love what Zsuzsy said. Trying to let it go.

      Got your email and will respond manana. Off to get my zzzs. xo, your friend MM

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      9 years ago

      I had to read this one again....this was such a great poem and a perfect way to let your frustrations and anger out in a healthy way! great job chica!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      MM...It's done and over, do not give her the power over you. She deserves none of you and anger will only harm your health. Think of it this way...she, the witch is dead to every time you feel the bile against her rise in you start humming the Munchkins song..."Ding Dong the wicked witch is dead...." it might become therapeutic

      My thoughts are with you

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks for reading. Can I borrow that pointy pencil? There's someone I want to poke in the eye:-).

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      9 years ago

      Very good read as always.

      Thanks for sharing

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      RK Sangha 

      9 years ago from USA

      A very good poem. Congratulations, MM ! I rated it up.

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      JK, You're a sweetheart. Thanks. MM

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      Jess Killmenow 

      9 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      An awesome cap on an horrific family journey. And I agree, the poem is first rate. :)

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      John Z -- You don't even want to know the story. Thanks for enjoying my poem, tho. I am looking forward to getting to know you on HP. There are quite a few wonderful souls who I think you would get along well with here. MM

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      John Z 

      9 years ago from Midwest

      MM- I don't know the story but I share the sentiment. The peotry was knock 'em dead great. Hope it's over for you now. Thanks for the Hub.

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I've made my picks. Might want to put a mention in the Entertainment Forum or Hubbers Hangout to get those who are unfamiliar with the Dead Celebrity Pool concept to check it out. I believe we have a few mobid newcomers in our midst. Example: Marc Knowles (yes, with a "c" and UpHisAss).

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      9 years ago

      You made me choke on that one. No! he lives. Said that dam hub was too scary for him to return. LOL We will have one Jan 1, you can start it. OK

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Very cool. I will check it out. Celebs have been dropping like flies. We deff need to start a new one for 2010.

      Wonder where RockinJoe has gone? Do you think he is a dead celeb?

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      9 years ago

      Hey, I resurrected the celebrity dead pool. tho't ya might want to know. Your so lovable and 7 feet tall.

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Ralwus,Your comment feels like a tender kiss on the cheek, just slightly tickled by your mustache. Just what I needed! Thanks. M

      Lgali -- appreciate the support. Hope nothing like this happens in your family! MM

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      9 years ago

      Good rant dear. I remember when this all started. Good poem, and I love the Beatles Video too.

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      9 years ago

      very nice hub I read three times

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Appreciate the offer,my friend. I would not want our dear CG to dirty her fingernails on the likes of "her." Not worth the potential jail time. Unfortunately. Still, it's good to have incendiary friends like you two about. I feel safe:-). Mm

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Don't encourage me -- I'm watching Shakespeare on TV and might get some real novel ideas!

      But thanks for reading and esp the hugs. Much appreciated. MM

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      9 years ago from London, UK

      Let it all out Mighty Mom. ((Hugs))

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      FP -- Your comment makes so goddamned much sense. Dammit. I know that. Thanks for the reminder. I will try not to hate you:-).

      Shamel -- Touching, yes. Thanks for catching the tenderness:-)

      Alekhouse -- Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your support too. Been through the ringer, fer sure.

      Poetic Rant -- Maybe I will make a new category of my hubs!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I love Shalini's characterization of your hub as a "poetic rant". Hope it did you some good. I know you've been through a lot of ups and downs (mostly downs) with this situation. It's got to have been very stressful. Thank goodness you are able to write...and such well-written poems too.

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      9 years ago

      This is very touching!!! I enjoyed it so much really.

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      It's over if you think it is, MM. Don't give her the satisfaction of knowing she can still rattle you!

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Christoph! What a delightful surprise to see you! You -- and Pepe -- have been missed. Good to have you back.

      James -- Old Bill covered all the base emotions, didn't he? Although I couldn't come close to writing anything as detailed as a play, this does feel quite like a Shakespearean tragedy. And his often involve family too, don't they? Thanks for the creat comment!

      Shalini -- We are working on reconciling ourselves that karma may not catch up to her in this world. Hence the reference to have fun in Hell...

      Wesley -- Maybe you and I can combine our super powers and um, kung pow her:-). Thanks for the support, bud.

      Kimberly -- You never fail to CRACK ME UP! We are deff not a glum lot are we? Tee hee!

      TM -- Thanks. There are residual effects to her betrayal, but I know ultimately we'll be fine.

      KCC -- Let's talk about ordeals sometime, shall we? Dueling ordeals, perhaps? Kidding. Thanks for the support. Hissing -- yes. That is me. Only she's the one who is the snake.

      Nancy -- Good point. We sort of expect the devil incarnate in some milieus. Work perhaps. Not within one's own family, tho! I love that saying. Will have to incorporate it somewhere.

      Thanks to all my Hubber Friends (caps intentional) for being my sanity in this maelstrom of misery. MM

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      I can relate to you in some respects. One never thinks they will ever run into the devil incarnate---but we do. Remember this, what goes around-comes around!

      “Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”~~Tryon Edwards

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      9 years ago from Central Texas

      OMG...I could hear you hissing this one out. Man, she's been a piece of work, hasn't she? I know this has been an ordeal for you!

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      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      MM - I am so sorry that you are going through this. I really enjoy how you turn such an experience into great poetry. Hopefully this will be all over and done with soon so that you can move forward.

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      9 years ago

      I really loved this poem-brilliant girl-La La La ya ya ya ooo ooo, oh sorry, back to you :-) I'm a corny girl, can't help it- Great one Mom,


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      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      I also hope that the rat you speak of gets what she deserves for doing whatever she did.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      A rant is great to get things off your chest - a poetic rant is somehow even better! It's strange how in a few years, maybe even months down the line, all that grabbing comes to naught!

      Have followed your story MM - soon you'll need another hub - to gloat - because there's always a day of reckoning!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      I don't know what this is about but I can certainly feel your emotions coming through in your poetry. Betrayal. Shakespeare loved this subject. It is a rich mine for writing.

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      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      Hi, MM. Long time no see! Loved it, and the Beatles video is great - not a Beatles tune you hear every day. Hope you have been well.

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Freta,thank you.

      Good thing I write under a pseudonym. Some days I worry she might come after me for slander. Although I have said nothing that is not true. And I have not said her name.

      What I'd really like to do is buy billboards in downtown and out her publicly. And key her car, blow up her apartment and strangle her.

      Now can you see why writing is so imperative for me?

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      I have been sort of following your adventure, I too thought it was over, I thought the havoc that she wrecked was done with. I hope this is the last straw. Hope this is it. Keep writing. Loved the poem, seems quite appropriate.

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Dohn -- For the record, the perp in this crime story is a woman, so you're safe. Besides, I like you. I can't imagine turning my venomous tongue (or pen) against you!

      Yes, I FEEL so much anger. More rage than I can remember feeling against anyone. Too many people that I love have been hurt by her.

      Okmom -- Yikes. Not sure what you've learned except don't mess with Mighty Mom:-). Thanks for reading, tho. MM

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      Donna Oliver 

      9 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Keep writing! I have learned so much!

      Great Hub!

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      OMG! I hope you felt better after writing this MM! I'm almost ashamed that I'm a guy after reading this! Geez, I hope I never piss you off, MM! There's such anger in this piece! Loved it!


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