June 7, 2015
No Love Lost
My friend’s grandfather used to be one of the most affluent men in our place. That was, he used to own acres and acres of land. As the years passed, the land was sold little by little until what was left was just enough for him to, at least, enjoy his remaining years of life.
Though considered to be one of the smartest guys that ever lived in town, this old man wasn’t able to teach his children how to love and to look out for each other. As a matter of fact, they seemed to hate each other and even hate each other more as the years go by.
When the old man passed away more than 10 years ago, his properties were automatically inherited by his heirs. Unfortunately, his children were not all in good terms with each other. In each of his own devious way, every one of his child tried to outsmart his siblings one way or the other. The youngest, being the closest to their father before the latter died, placed his father’s largest piece of land under mortgage but did not share the money with his siblings.
When his siblings learned about what he did, they hated him more than they could say. He didn’t care, after all, he outwitted his older siblings and that was, for him, victory in itself. Unfortunately, this sly youngest brother was killed in a motorcycle accident. Intolerant of hypocrisy, his older siblings mourned very little and gave him a decent burial.
A few years after his death, his equally sly widow schemed to sell the land her late husband placed under mortgage and apparently intended to keep the money to herself. This time, the older siblings united and sought counsel.
The widow is now facing complaint filed by her late husband’s older siblings.
“Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.” –Little Richard