Monday May 04 2009
Blood thicker than water, unless greed dilutes it
By: Miki Garcia
Dear Miki: How do I get over my sister selling Mom’s condo and not giving me one red cent? We were always so close. Granted she took care of Mom the past three years, but I visited as often as I could. With two kids and a husband, my time is really stretched. I’m so angry with my sister that I’m going to send her a letter. What should I say? –– Seeing Red Dear S. R.: Tell sis how much you appreciated her being there for your Mom. Your mother certainly did by leaving her the condo. Respect Mom’s wishes. She didn’t love you less. I didn’t read anything in your email that says you contributed monies for caregiving, and yet your greed, anger and bitterness are affecting your relationships with your children, husband and friends. Embrace your sister for making Mom’s life easier while you went on with yours … for one of you will be attending the other’s funeral one day. Nickelback has a great song with lyrics to consider: “If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late, could you say goodbye to yesterday? Would you live each moment like your last? Leave old pictures in the past? Donate every dime you had? Would you call those friends you’ve never seen? Reminisce old memories? Would you forgive your enemies? … If today was your last day?” Dear Readers: On Saturday, I was at the RE/MAX Gold fundraiser for the Folsom Zoo to say hello to the agents selling items for this worthy cause. It was my pleasure to autograph my donated Playboy Trading Card and “Memoir Letter” for El Dorado Hills real estate attorney David Trapani. His $500 check and the other monies from the sale will go to the care and feeding of the animals that attract so many visitors to our community. Between you and me, if the collectibles hadn’t sold, Reed (hairdresser) would be concocting a new color and hairdo for me about now. On another note, RE/MAX Gold Realtor Margie Ward contributed her opinion to last week’s column, and I incorrectly listed her contact number. The correct one is 600-9273. Don’t call the other or you’ll get UPS (my apologies, UPS). I’m thinking about calling them and asking if there have been any messages for Margie. I’m still hoping for those referral fees, don’t ya know! Ask Miki is a column of opinion and entertainment, and anything herein is not intended for real estate, financial, psychological, legal, or tax advice. You may contact real estate agent Miki Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.