Kindred’s Special: Don’t Listen to the Little Woman and Be Sorry Everafter

On August 13th 2008 I ventured up my ladder and climbed unto the roof.  My better-half, my darling wife warned me: “Don’t you dare get on the roof at your age.”  Well, this old man knew best, having climbed ladders from the time I was just a wee lad.  Well, I think you get where I am going with this.  I fell.  I fell hard.  At the hospital emergency where the ambulance that rushed me from a neighbor calling 911, the surgeon doctor who saw me informed me that I had a smashed tibia bone just below the knee.  This is 2014 and while I survived nearly a three-month nursing home care and therapist who I wasn’t sure if he was trying to cure me or kill me.   Today I still have to use a cane per my primary care doctor’s insistence.

Years before retiring from the bank a friend of mine who worked in the mailroom told me that he was fretful about his kids’ future prospects beyond high school despite both he and his wife working.  I said this is America; you have the military option: marines, navy, air force, army and merchant marines as good prospects as well a trade school or apprentice program.  A lot of young people think Kodak for example.  But then I got a bright idea for him a couple of days later when we sort of resumed thoughts along those scary lines.  I figured he was overly worried.  I had myself been researching various companies and had bought one that was promising that made and serviced electronic scoreboards for major sport arenas and that I had gotten lucky finding it and making an investment which their reports to me looked like a  gold mine.  So, you guessed it–the old man told him about it.  I think the price was about seven dollars a share so I encouraged him to buy one hundred shares and just sock it away until his kids got out of high school.  I told him not to even tell his wife.

It was years later that I saw him at a McDonald’s after I had retired.  He was taking some kids in a van bus on a YMCA or Christian camp outing.  I said, ” You must be really happy having seen your stock I picked out for you!  It split many times and just near it’s all time high right now. I would sell it now; your kids will have a really nice nest egg.  Well, he looked mortified.  “Don,” said he, “a few days after I bought it I told my wife because I never keep secrets from her.  She discovered the price had fallen a little and she raised the roof with me about it, making me sell it.  I lost huh?” I did not let him know how much.

Yep, folks! Leave it to the wisdom of the LITTLE WOMAN.  I guess in the long run of things, they do know best.  Don’t they??


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