That reminds me of sort of a funny/sad story about my mom. She is and always has been generous to a fault. When we were growing up any kitchen knife set or vacuum cleaner salesmen were thrilled to find our house - she'd buy five of everything - one for her and one for each of her daughters...it was ridiculous. Even as a kid, I'd sit there and be like, 'Mom - no - we don't NEED that - Daddy's gonna have a fit...' But that's who she is - she just loves giving gifts and helping people out.
So now she's getting a little confused and when I was home at Christmas she was having continued conflict with my father (who was also very generous- but reasonable about it and was still sharp as a tack) and she was asking him to mail all her Publisher's Clearing House and Reader's Digest sweepstakes - she was convinced she was gonna win the million dollars. So we're sitting there and she asks my dad, 'Edwin - do you think I'll have a better chance of winning if I buy something?' Well my dad responds - 'Nita - we don't need any more STUFF in this house...' and my mother says - 'It's not STUFF - it's books...' (like he didn't know that - it was so cute) and I can see my father getting impatient so I said, 'Mom - why do you think you need to win this money? You guys are well-situated - you don't need to worry about money - Daddy will take care of you both,' and she says,' Well I need to help David pay for his divorce and Irene will need a car now that David is gone with their's...' and I'm looking at my Dad asking, 'Who are David and Irene?'
They were neighbors from down the street!
I was laughing and laughing and my mother says - 'Don't laugh Rebecca - I know I'll win this money...they mailed this directly to me and it has my name on it.'
And my dad just mumbles, 'Yeah - you and 300,000,000 other people.'
But he was such a nice guy - he took it to the post office and mailed it for her.