top of page

Memories of Daddy, Post 71: I Do Not Want Money. I Just Want My Daddy Back.

Daddy believed in giving his kids as much of a head-start in life as possible.

He almost always kept his (and my) eyes in front of him, and rarely behind him. When I was 16 years old, he got me my first credit card (obviously co-signed and paid by him) so I could start building up credit. This foresight presented itself while I was in medical school and considered buying a place. The realtor I spoke to said incredulously:

"I've never missed a credit card payment, I've owned 4 homes without any issues, and you have a higher credit score than me. I don't even know how that's possible."

Well, there's a lot of Daddy's score reflected in that, but still, you get the point.

He started a Vanguard UGMA mutual fund account for us when we were younger; part of the purpose of the account was to pay for my wedding (whenever that happens), but if not, it was intended to go towards something else important such as a down-payment on a house. And as I've said before, anytime I was in a financial bind, I knew I could always turn to Daddy for help. It took me a while, but I now see how important it is to be financially responsible starting at a young age, both when you're single and when you have a family. Daddy took care of his family, and most importantly Mummy, by doing so.

About 2 weeks ago, I received the last portion of inheritance Daddy had set aside for me. Mummy called me on my way back home from work a couple of weeks before this occurred to tell me I would be receiving forms to fill out from MetLife. I was really confused, and said "why?". She said Daddy had allocated a percentage of his life insurance to me, and I listened in stunned silence and started to cry.

I cried because this was another example of Daddy always looking out for his family, but mostly because I was only receiving this money because Daddy was gone. I went through a ton of emotions at that moment, and as cheesy as it sounds, I thought of the scene from Good Will Hunting, where Minnie Driver was yelling at Matt Damon and said:

"My father died when I was 13 and I inherited this money. You don't think that every day I wake up and wish I could give it back? That I would give it back in a second if I could have one more day with him? But I can't, and that's my life and I deal with it."

That's how I felt and still feel. I hope I am able to do something with the money that would make him proud: maybe put it towards a house so his spirit would live on as a part of that house or maybe put it towards my own kids' education. But whatever it is, I'm going to make sure his gift does not go to waste.

30 views0 comments


bottom of page