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95. It Was an Old, Worthless Clock
It was an old clock, but it still
the correct time. The face had a faded
of Andy’s parents taken when they were newlyweds.
from some photos, the clock was the only
Andy had of his mom and dad.
died of cancer in 1964. Then his mom
to a private nursing home. She had many
there. The nursing home, however, went bankrupt. They
her into a state nursing home. She hated
She asked Andy to help her move
a private nursing home again. She had spent
of her husband’s savings on living expenses at
first nursing home. Andy said he would try.
Andy had no savings. He was a sergeant
the Army, and all his money went to
wife and three kids. He called his older
Frank, who was single and had a great
. Frank was an avid deep-sea fisherman and was
in buying a large boat for weekend use.
, I don’t have the money now, but you
,” Andy pleaded. “Just pay for Mom and I’ll
you for half of the nursing home costs.”
’ll owe me? You don’t have two nickels to
together, and probably never will. I’ll get stuck
the whole bill. What about my boat?”
“Never mind. Let me think about it, and
'll get back to you.”
Frank never did send
mom the money to move into a private
home. Alone and unhappy, she died in the
nursing home only a year later. Andy never
Many years went by. Frank’s health
. He called up Andy one day. “Andy, I
really bad about not helping out Mom. I
too interested in getting that boat. The older
’ve gotten, the more guilt I feel. My days
numbered, Andy. I was wondering if you would
me that clock, just for a little while.
want to beg Mom to forgive me.”
very reluctant to part with his clock, but
did feel a little sorry for Frank.
ten months later. One of Frank’s nieces, Flo,
the executor of his estate. Flo had hired
lawyer to help her Uncle Frank rewrite his
in his dying days. Strangely enough, Flo got
She made sure Uncle Frank was buried a
after his death. No announcement was made about
funeral, which Flo kept private—at the 20-minute service,
was the only mourner. Flo sold Uncle Frank’s
, car, and boat within the week. Everything of
value went to a charity. His cash and
, of course, were already safely in her name.
Andy discovered that his brother had died, he
Flo to ask about his clock. “Oh,” she
, “that went to charity with everything else. You
’t really want that old thing, did you, Uncle
? Uncle Andy? Hello?” Well, that was rude, she