You know the relative, the one that seems to be the leech of the family. The one that sucks someone dry in order to do nothing and be nothing. In my family I’m not sure it’s just the leech that is the problem.
My brother who has had limited jobs, and now works a part-time job with no benefits, because (insert new lie here) is sucking my father dry. Yup, I let the cat out of the family bag.
Probably the whole reason I am straightforward… take my shit or don’t. Oh wait, I have this great poop story to tell, it has to do with a trashcan haha. But then I would be off subject, but seriously funny…
Anywho, since no one wants to hear my poop stories I will write about my stinky brother. First off, I have to say I love him dearly. That said, he is driving me nuts and so is my father. Both should be to blame for this problem.
My father enables my brother to live at home all of his life. That’s right, all of his life. My brother is NOT disabled, or hurt, or blind. He has lost the sight in one eye, but has a drivers license (for those of my relatives keeping score). He still lives at home at the age of 41. He only has a part-time job after getting fired from too many other jobs–I lost count. He does not pay for rent, insurance or for anything. My father has even purchased EVERY car he owns.
For some reason my father says my brother is disabled and cannot take care of himself. Since my brother lives at home with no responsibilities, why would he even try to take care of himself?
Here’s the stinky part of my father–he has no retirement. At the age of 63 he still works long and hard for his hardwood flooring / construction business. His idea of retirement was to sell his last house for a million dollars and retire. Then the recession happened, and he barely sold the house about a year ago for way less than it was worth.
It get’s worse.
My brother has no health insurance and just had heart surgery. Yes, I do feel bad for him, but that isn’t my point. My father is paying for the surgery in full. Yup, in total. I’m not sure how or why anyone would do that. My brother is poor in financial standards and should get some sort of Medicaid or Obamacare, but instead chooses to not to get any coverage. Don’t get me started on the excuses my father came up with in order to say why my brother cannot be covered under insurance. One such excuse is that the company won’t give it to him HA! FYI: I worked for that same company–what a lie.
Now, if that wasn’t the worst part, this is. My brother does have money. It isn’t in a savings, retirement account or checking account, but in toys. He has a new computer, iPhone 5, etc.
I would like to blame all of this on my brother and father, but for some reason my step-mother lets this happen also. Don’t get me started on what she does with her social security money! I am not sure why they all act this way, but I’m guessing they are a bunch of enablers. Don’t ask me though I’m not a doctor, I just work with them.
No wonder I think I am the black sheep of the family. I have a job, my own home, a retirement account, positive net worth (which I really need to update), a savings, insurance, and even though I am broke (right now) I take care of myself.
IF YOU BLOW UP THIS FAMILY PHOTO YOU CAN SEE THE BLACK SHEEP HIDING IN THE BACK, THAT WOULD BE ME.
With the holidays around the corner does anyone else have a family member they would like to strangle? How about just a little bop to the head once in awhile?- FBS