Plenty of men I’m close to have died, but I’ve never inherited money before.
No one who writes to an advice column asking, “Should I hire a lawyer and have both my mother’s and my grandparents’ wills revised?” is living a blameless and sunshiny life.
My father passed away when I was 24, the youngest of six siblings. We were close; we loved talking about hard work and money, whether we were out eating at Denny’s, or at home watching football or the Daily Show. He died before he got to see me go to grad school, start a real professional career, meet the love of my life, get married, get a mortgage, have kids, have grandkids, start my 401(k), live a life. My dad was 54 years older than me, but his passing was sudden. When I was younger, I didn’t anticipate that he wouldn’t be able to walk me down the aisle, and now I have no idea how I’m ever going to afford a wedding in the future. His parents (my grandparents) lived to be 93. I thought my dad was in otherwise good health until he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at the age of 78.
According to Deadspin, this writer for Sports Illustrated named Selena Roberts quit her job after she found out her mom, who died, had a bunch of money that was now her money. She won’t say how much exactly but it was at least 1 million dollars. She says: It was “not change-your-life money, but it did help my life.”
Ephron was working on a screenplay at the time, and she said she hoped the money would rescue her from having to finish writing it.