Life is all consuming. Sometimes we become overwhelmed with all the details. For many people work is all consuming. They become so involved that they forget about their families. They believe that by working late they are doing the best job they can for their families. Sadly, they are not. If they allow the job to overcome them, they end up with no family, poor health and very few friends. There are videos all the time on the internet on Facebook about dads and even mums trying to earn money and working late just to please their boss. In the end, many of the hard working people end up without the promotion, the raise or a corner office because they weren’t savvy enough to play the politics game. They thought that their work would shine and it did. However, frequently a co-worker would take credit, claim that the employee was part of his or her team, etc. It’s not fair but that is the real world. There always needs to be a balance. Respecting yourself and your family needs to placed above your job. My late husband would become all consuming on the few occasions he made breakfast. He liked eggs over easy. However, if it broke, he threw it away. There were times he would throw out almost a dozen of eggs. In the Good Gus series, children tend to be all consuming when it comes to playing. In book twenty, “The Flying Cat,” JC becomes all consumed in rescuing a cat. He even risks himself. The series is available at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has characters who have one all consuming goal in mind. That is to get all the money and cheat everyone else. The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
There are many stories about irresponsible people. You continually see husbands, wives, fathers and mothers who abandon their families. I saw a video about a young man whose mother left when he was six who had to care for his siblings. His father tried but he was a diabetic and didn’t care of himself. By the time he was nine he was caring for a seven, six and five year old. He kept his family together and they ended up moving to various shelters. He kept his siblings fed and clothed. He took them to school, but eventually due to his circumstances they all started missing too much school. When the government sent a social worker to check on them, they ended up being separated. He and one brother remained together. They ended up with a very nice man who worked diligently to obtain a large apartment and reunite the family. On the young man’s fifth birthday, the foster dad said he had a surprise for him. His younger sister ruined the surprise and she was hiding in the way back of the SUV and said hello to him. The foster dad took in all four children and gave them a proper home. I cannot count the times I have seen videos where men leave their families and refuse to help them financially. They gave all types of excuses such as the wife isn’t as attractive, she had a girl when he wanted a boy, he met a younger more attractive woman, etc. The reasons do not matter. The irresponsible act is what is important. In the Good Gus series, I included all types of families. There were two parent homes, single dads, and single mums. What was important is that they didn’t run away but took their responsibilities seriously. The series is online on Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has numerous irresponsible people as characters. They want everything their way. Just today, I finished an estate plan update for a woman whose husband had passed. One of the adult children, whom I have never spoken to, called the office and was harsh to the assistant because she demanded to know what her mother was changing. Eventually, when the mother passes the fighting and bullying by her will be unbearable. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Family Feud is a long time game show in the United States. It’s also the subject of many hillbilly stories during prohibition and the early 1900’s in the U.S. The family feud between the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s comes to mind from old history books. However, just because it’s 2019 doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t exist. It’s amazing how many families don’t speak to each other. It may be different views on politics, religion, or how they handle their lives. In any event, once they become upset with each other, it tends to drag out for years. Sometimes they never speak again. On an old “Designing Women,” Charlene’s brother came to see her because he was in love with a girl that her parents were against because of a family feud. The girl’s parents were against Charlene’s brother. When the fathers figure out where their children are they walk into the design office carrying guns. The family feud was over the girl’s dad who had put all of his money in a sock and buried it in his back garden. When he couldn’t find it he accused Charlene’s dad and dug up his back garden. Her dad hadn’t taken the money. Eventually, the dads realize this is all ridiculous and they shake hands. When I wrote “Misplaced Trust,” which is available online, one of the first statements I made was as follows. The very first thought that will come to mind when you read this book is, “No! Not in MY family! It would NEVER happen to us! Well, the sad truth is that everything changes when there is money at stake, whether it be a small or a large amount. Families that ate breakfast every day for twenty years, celebrated Christmas and Easter together, went on vacations/holiday every year, and then…suddenly, stop speaking to each other. They begin to accuse one another of all sorts of despicable things. Sounds crazy, right? Well, read on and see what I have seen for the last ten years….see what REALLY happens in REAL life. You can locate the book at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Sales were reasonable today for Miss Patty at Balboa Park. Remember, she will be bring the Christmas book, “The Special Gift” beginning November 1. It is available online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones and for hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.