Every family has its secrets. Thankfully, mine is hardly relevant to some of the stories that have been presented so far. My grandmother passed away on July 5th of 2017. She was my best friend and I miss her dearly. In the days leading up to her passing (she died of septic shock, so she held on for a little over a week), my mother’s cousin proceeded to tell my mom about all the times she had to come and pick her and my uncle up because my grandmother and grandfather were too drunk to take care of them. My mom was too young to remember any of that, and my uncle felt no need to share it. He had rather my mom (and me as well) not have known about it, since we were all so close. Weeks later, that same side of the family came to us with here hands out expecting to get a little piece of what they thought was my grandmothers vast amounts of money. Well, she put all of her money in a trust that automatically paid her nursing home cost, funeral costs, her hospital expenses, and had spent a good majority of it on my younger brother and I prior to her health downturn. Needless to say, we don’t talk to that side of the family anymore.