Remember not long ago when I casually mentioned that our renovation progress hinged a bit on the type and frequency of family emergencies? And that I said, we had not accounted for all those who could possibly implode and need assistance?
Okay, so we’ve dodged a bullet or three in the last week or so, but our luck did not hold.
My dear sweet mother-in-law phoned tonight to let us know that she is filing for divorce.
The details are sketchy but sad and a bit sordid. She’d sold her home. Invested in a new one in the States. All of her things are in storage and she is doing the senior citizen version of couch-surfing. Finances are bleak.
“But I will survive,” she said. “I am not going to spend my remaining days miserable.”
What this means in terms of assistance isn’t clear yet.
“You mean Dad is her only option?” Mick typed to me on Facebook in reply to a heads up message I sent to her and Edie.
“Umm, yeah,” I replied.
“I am?” Rob asked.
“What? Do you think your sister is any shape to help?”
He smiled grimly, “She’s on the verge of homeless herself. Maybe Mom can move in with her and help with the mortgage? It’d be like old times.”
I have heard about “old times” and it makes me shudder a bit. Besides, his mother has already lived a version of this with the other sister and it didn’t turn out well at all.
“You know what the worst thing about this is?” Rob said “We’ve lost a place to stay in Arizona for Christmas.”
Like we’d have ever flown to the States at Christmas. Unless someone had died. Which I am knocking wood to ward off those evil spirits even as I type.
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