667. Three sons

© Bruce Goodman 8 August 2015


Jacqueline and Carlton had three sons; Darcy, Caxton, and Pedro. The three sons were all grown up and married. Jacqueline and Carlton didn’t have a great deal of money. They did have money in fact, but they’d lent it out to their three sons. With young families, the sons needed to have a house to live in. Lending them money to buy a house each was Jacqueline and Carlton’s way of giving them a head start in life. Jacqueline and Carlton lived off the minimal amount of interest that their sons paid.

Then Carlton upped and died. His will “forgave” the debts owed by the sons. Jacqueline could no longer live on interest paid because there were no longer loans.

“That’s fine,” thought Jacqueline, “my sons will help me out I’m sure.”

Clearly, she’d never read Shakespeare’s King Lear.

18 thoughts on “667. Three sons

  1. arlingwoman

    Neither a borrower nor a lender be… Well, sometimes that doesn’t work, but I never give family anything in the way of money I expect to get back. Feel sorry for people who do, as it seems always to end badly.

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  2. Shubha Athavale

    Hey Bruce, nice story, reminds me of a story my father told me many years ago. In Marathi. I am trying to best transcribe here. Culturally appropriate for India but universally true. A parent can give their offspring their plate of food but never the seat they sit on to eat. Am I making sense?

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  3. Oscar Alejandro Plascencia

    Greed is the speed by which royalty runs.

    In her growing madness, Jacqueline published her secret diary revealing the illegitimacy of her three sons, thereby shaming them into a downward spiral of divorce, unemployment and lowly status of social outcasts. While she grew comfortable into her new title of New York Times Bestseller!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Yes indeed! She knew they were her husband’s but wasn’t sure if they were hers. Once she established that they were not hers she married each in turn and re-inherited their fortunes. The plot thickens.

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