While my mother was failing in her later years, she indicated that she wanted me to find some money she had hidden her house. I use the word “indicate” because Mom’s stroke had rendered her unable to speak. My siblings and I needed the cash, since Mom was too ill to sign checks to cover her care or her household expenses.
Before she became ill, Mom wouldn’t tell my sister, my brother, or me where to find her important documents, how much money she had, nor where it was, only that we’d have enough to bury her. Our father had died twenty years earlier, so we couldn’t ask him. And he wouldn’t have known anyway, because she had kept her money secret from him, as well.
So, how would my siblings and I find our mother’s money? And how would we know when we had found all of it?
My memoir chronicles our discovery that the money my mother had hidden in her house was mere fraction of her financial assets. It describes the search we undertook to locate those assets, and the shocks and disillusionment we experienced along the way.
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