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Can Money Become A Sick Addiction .

Updated on September 23, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Money can do wonderful things, as well as terrible things. My wife, and I have a very large family of near , and distant relatives. I will not name names , but my mother-in-law was hurt deeply by two close relatives I will not directly point out .

My wife's mother is seventy eight years old. She calls our home every day . My wife Joann tends to her mother's monthly financial affairs by taking care of her obligations , and paperwork. My mother -in- law did not have much money left over this month from her Social Security check this month because of too many bills. Medicine , fuel, and food is more costly these days to senior citizens.

My mother-in-law was very upset a few days ago. All she did was to ask a close relative to pick her up a hot sandwich because she thought the family member was going to buy some hot food. That particular relative did not invite her to go with them to eat out. My mother-in-law was always good to them, and shared with them, but these two relatives seem to have become very greedy, and disrespectful toward her .

My mother-in-law was crying on the telephone because she said she was tired of eating junk, and wanted to eat something good, but the two close relatives did not care about her feelings what so ever.

Personally I had issues with the same two . I had a verbal confrontation with one of them which ended with my saying that I never wanted to hear, or see him ever again in this life time. I told the individual to get off of my land, and for the rest of my life I never wanted to see his face again.

My mother-in-law was crying on the telephone. I asked Joann if there was money to spare in our check book. I told Joann that we need to buy her mother some groceries. Joann agreed.

It was ,and extremely hot day, but I got dressed , and left our house, and drove to a supermarket. I asked Joann to call her mother back to find out what exactly she needed.

My mother-in-law did not want us to spend our money on her. I told Joann to tell her mother that we loved her , and that she is important to everyone in our families, and that I will be bringing some items to her house as soon as I leave the store .

My mother mentioned many important items that she needed.

Joann, and I also shared items we had plenty of from our kitchen cabinet.

When my mother was alive I use to buy my mother, and dad groceries when I purchased them . My mom, and dad were not in need, but I felt better sharing when I bought groceries after I finished working.

My parents always took good care of my brother, and I as we were growing up . I did not mind helping my parents later on in life in their elder years .

I brought my mother-in-law some food. I told her not to worry about anyone else, and to try to avoid bitterness in her heart because bitterness can takes up space that an be used for happiness, and joy that we can all share with the good people that we love.

Last night I bought some chicken breasts on sale. They can be good to eat when they are simply put in a casserole bowl, and are sprinkled with hamburger seasoning, and cooked in a microwave oven. Simply place them in a decent casserole bowl, and place a good solid plate over the bowl, and then place the bowl in the microwave oven. The oven cooks the chicken nicely, and it does not taste like rubber. Only if you over cook food in a microwave will it taste hard, or string. Put a little water in the casserole bowl to help keep the chicken moist with steam.

I packed up a lot of chicken last night in convenient small plastic storage bags, and did the same with some smoke sausage. Today around noon I have to pick up all our medicine from our pharmacy, so I plan to drive by her the food she wants.

Also a few more family members, and a close friend have pitched in for my mother-in-law as well.

My mother-in-law said that she felt like she was in the way, and that she was treated disrespectfully . Joann , and I are true believers in respecting elder citizens, all people, and all our loved ones. We will all get old in this world, and senior citizens deserve to be treated right.

I told my mother-in-law that she is loved by a lot of people, and that she should know that by now.

My mother-in-law was only wishing for something good to eat like some hot food. She had endured time without electricity like all of us did because of hurricane Isac. The only problem was that two people near to her heart, only wanted to drop her off at her house so that they could go out , and eat. That was a very cheap, cruel, and ugly thing to do. It was a callus disrespectful thing to do. I could never eat out, or at any restaurant knowing that someone near me in my family would be wishing for the same food I would put in my own mouth.

Becoming rich changed two close relatives to the point of where I do not want to see them as long as I live. They chose money over family. Now they can ram their money right where the sun does not shine. .

I bought my mother-in-law enough food to make her forty sandwiches. I brought her fruit, bananas, eggs, milk, macaroni , cheese, orange juice, a case of drinks, margarine, spaghetti, salami, French bread, sliced white bread, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, peanut butter,strawberry preserves, and I cannot remember the rest, and I have more to bring her today. Another family member was more than happy to give my mother-in-law a hundred dollars, and more groceries, and he put a new battery in her car. A nice neighbor very dear to my mother-in-law brought cooked food from their outdoor cooking. In fact they always bring her food.

When I sit down at my table to eat, I want her to have what we have as well .

Last night I cooked some chicken again. I was so busy washing dishes that my cat snatched my chicken from my plate, but I love Gray Fox because he is a member of our family too.

Becky told her grandmother that she loved her. We will all have to go visit her when the weather becomes cooler. In the evenings there are mosquitoes that can carry us away. Isac probably blew them out of the swamps. A cold front will fix their red wagons.

I have to eat breakfast, take my medicine, and Joann has to call in all our prescriptions to the pharmacy. I will pack up some convenient chicken, and bring Joann's mom some meat to put in her freezer.

There are some people that have money that conduct themselves with class, and with good taste, and with decency. And then there are those that are money addicted, that put money first, and love just disappears.

Money does mean a certain amount of power, and influence. Some people handle power much better than others. Don't let money ruin you're character, or you're life. Money is only a tool, and actually a wonderful one in the hands of the right people with class. Live like you have a wealth of love in you're heart, and that is another way of being rich too.

God Bless Everyone.


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    • stars439 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Blossom : Thank you for you're kind thoughts. My wife has two sisters, and they will be sending money to my wife's mom. A nice cousin brought her groceries too, and gave her a gift card with a nice surprise in it. Plus what we brought, mom is in good shape again. I asked her if she would like to come, and live with us, but she may be going to stay in Georgia with another daughter. As long as she is happy that is all that matters. Her little dog Candy was happy to see me. Little Candy was so happy that he thought Christmas had arrived. She has the sweetest little dog. Everything is fine now. Hope you are doing well, and thank you very much for writing. God Bless You precious heart.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      God knows that you are kind and thoughtful for your mother-in-law and you will be rewarded in Heaven. Financial wealth is not real wealth; you have the true riches of God's love and grace.

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      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you Mhatter : You're wisdom is always appreciated. GBY.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. There is another existence and it not spiritual. Much of what Arlene and I did was paid for by something else. It's not a free ride.

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      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear kashmir : Thank you , and you are so right. It is better to be rich in the next life. God Bless You too my precious friend.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, you have done the right thing for your mother-law and God will bless you. I to have some of those greedy rich family members has well. But God does not sleep He sees everything and knows everything. I rather have nothing in this life and be rich in the next life. GBY !


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