I was working out of the Big Bear Lake Starbucks today and an elderly lady and man came in and sat down directly behind me. The man was hard of hearing so it was hard to ignore the conversation.
Apparently he was kicked out of his son’s home today for repeating a secret. From what I could tell the man had moved here recently from out of state to live with his son.
The woman was someone he had met in church was probably just a few years younger. The man did not know where he was going to spend the night. The woman wanted to help him get a hotel but eventually offered to let him sleep in her spare room until he could decide where he was going to live in the morning.
Somewhere along the line, the daughter called him and I guess chewed him out as well. She said he could go to her place but had to be gone by 8 p.m. because she had company coming.
He wanted to go but the lady was trying to talk him out of it. The daughter I guess made it clear she had a few choice things she wanted to say to him. The woman told him it would be too stressful for him but he kept saying that if it made his daughter feel better he could take it. Finally, he said, “I’m 79 years old. My wife has died. I have nothing to live for. I’m ready to go. I don’t care if it adds stress. I am ready to die anyway. It will make her feel better if she can get it off her chest. I don’t care if I die. I’m ready.”
They eventually left to go to the daughter’s. The humility in this man’s voice and the depth with which he cared about his children made me very sad. He was old and feeble and it is in the 30s up here. I cannot imagine expecting him to fend for himself no matter what perceived atrocity he committed. I wonder if they will miss hi after he is dead.This entry was posted in Local Government by Administrator