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  1. CLJobe

    Chapter 12

    “Paul and I met with Mr. Cummings at the bank. We reviewed the trust fund. I took the check, placed a significant amount back in my savings account, and opened a checking account. I opened a credit card and a debit card for cash withdrawals. I also told Mr. Cummings that the interest from the trust should be placed in the savings account, and the balance of the checking account should be maintained on a monthly basis. Having resolved all of the business issues, we went to lunch. Lunch was interesting. Mr. Cummings knew my grandfather very well. He told us stories about him that had us laughing. After lunch, I told Mr. Cummings that we had to go back to the hospital as my mother was very ill. He gave us his condolences and told me to call him if I had any problems. “Paul, we need to stop at the diner and pick up some lunches for the family.” When we arrived at the diner, I ordered four chicken platters to go. Paul looked at me, “4? “Yes, Emily, Dave, Jim, and my father.” “You're going to buy lunch for your father after the way he has been snubbing you?” “Yes, because he’s an ass doesn’t mean I have to be one also.” When we got back into the car, that got me a kiss. “Adrian, I didn’t realize the trust fund was so large. Your grandfather must have been a rich man.” “I don’t remember my grandfather. Gene said he died when I was three.” “He set that trust fund up for you when you were born, so it has been gathering interest all these years.” “I guess so. Maybe that is why it’s so much. I’m just thankful for him doing that. Besides, after what I have gone through, I’m in a better place today. I have my siblings, and most of all, I have you. If what I had to go through to get where I am today, then it has all been worthwhile.” Yep, another kiss Walking into the hospital, Gene was there with a smile. “I’ve been waiting for you “No, you have been waiting for the chicken.” He laughed as he led us to the cafeteria. We found a table, “Why four, are you going to split one?” “No, one is for Dad.” “Gene looked at me, “For Dad?” “Yes, I’m sure he’s hungry as well.” Gene called Emily and told her lunch was here. He also said to tell Dad that I had bought him a diner lunch as well. I watched as Emily and Jim came in, but no Dad. “Emily, did you tell Dad that we had lunch for him as well.” “I won’t tell you what he said, but he won’t be coming.” “His loss, more for us.” Paul and I grabbed a piece of the chicken and the fries from Dad’s lunch. Gene took most of it, although he did give a piece to Emily and Jim. After lunch, Jim told me that Mom wouldn’t make it through the week. Her heart was failing, and she’s sleeping a lot. “Is she in any pain?” “No, we’re keeping her pain free. That’s a problem as well. Once we started with the morphine, we can’t stop. The dosages are increased to keep her pain free, and this will also accelerate her death. I’m sorry, Adrain, but you were lucky to have the opportunity to forgive her. I think that helped. She seemed more restful and relaxed after you left.” I didn’t want Mom to suffer. I trusted Jim to do what’s right. We stayed in a hotel that night, Jim didn’t offer, and I didn’t want to impose. Paul thought it would be better to stay in a hotel and I certainly could afford it now. Laying in Paul’s arms, “Adrian, you constantly surprise me. What you said to your mother speaks well of you. I was right in picking you out of that line to be my life partner.” I looked at him and pulled him into a kiss, “I got the better deal.” “Maybe, but I got the Prince. You constantly make me proud of you. I love you so much.” With those thoughts running through my head, I fell into a deep sleep. ” “Adrian, we need to get up. Emily just called, and we have to get to the hospital. Your mom took a turn for the worse, and it could be anytime now. Shower and dress, I’ll bring the car around.” I took a shower in less than 10 minutes. Ten minutes later, I was leaving the hotel looking for Paul. He drove up to the entrance, I jumped in, and we were on our way. Arriving at the hospital, Emily met us. She was crying, “Mom passed away 5 minutes ago. Jim said she went peacefully.” “Where’s Dad?” “He left. I don’t know where he went. He was crying and didn’t want anyone to see. He left out of the back door of the hospital.” “What’s going to happen now, and where’s Gene?” “Gene is with Jim. They are making arrangements for the funeral.” Paul came and took my hand. I looked at him; he took his fingers and wiped away my tears. I pulled him and Emily into a hug. She cried on my shoulders as I rubbed her back. Paul held my hand as he rubbed my back with his other hand. Gene came and pulled us all into a hug, Paul included. “Jim offered to make all of the arrangements. Mom had an insurance policy and had made arrangements with a funeral company for her and Dad. They had picked out their coffins, gravesite, and stone marker. So there’s nothing for us to do.” “We’ll stay till after the funeral, and then we’ll be going back to college. What are you going to do, Gene?” “I guess I’ll do the same.” “Emily, will you be ok? You’ll be the only one here.” “Yes, I have Jim; he’ll take care of me, and I’ll keep an eye on Dad.” “If you need me for anything, let me know. I’m only 4 hours away.” The funeral was the following week. Dad looked horrible. His eyes were bloodshot, he looked like he hadn’t shaved, and his clothes were all wrinkled. ” “He must have slept in them. I was surprised that there weren’t many people at the service. I thought Mom and Dad had a lot of friends, but evidently, they didn’t. Most of the guests were from Dad’s work and a few from the church. I thought how sad, a lifetime in a town and this is all the friends they had. On the drive home, “Adrian, are you ok? You seem, miles away.” “Did you notice the number of people at the service? There was no one I knew. I think most of them were from Dad’s company. Dad looked like he was drinking pretty heavily. I think Emily will have her hands full.” “I think that was a measure of how your mother lived her life. She must have been a lonely person.” I thought about that. We went to church, but we never actively participated, so you couldn’t expect to see a large church crowd, even the minister’s service was short and didn’t mention anything about her life except to offer his condolences to the family. That was strange as well. As we drove home, yes, our apartment was home for me. I thought about my life and the surprises I have experienced since I started college. At that moment, I decided when I go, I’ll have enough friends to fill that church. I’m not going to be a hermit. Life is to be enjoyed, and with Paul, it will be. “What are you smiling about?” “I love you, and I love life.”
  2. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    Hey, Mexican food is good. You can have fried ice cream
  3. CLJobe

    Chapter 9

    It was nice to see Adrian being accepted by huis sibs, even though they were a little late. Self absorbency covers a lot of action around you
  4. CLJobe

    Chapter 5

    I believe they wouldn't care .They more or less ignored Adrian once he left for college
  5. CLJobe

    Chapter 4

    Your welcome. I think as you follow the story you will come to know the relationship between Adrian and his parents
  6. CLJobe

    Chapter 11

    You can imaging, its covers his hand of his college and still had some left over. Adrian is 18, his grandfather set up that trust when he was born. So the interest on that trust accumulated for a good part of the 18 years and was reinvested. My guess there were several zeros after the first digit.
  7. CLJobe

    Chapter 11

    Not sure that will happen.
  8. CLJobe

    Chapter 11

    I doubt it. I believe there is a mean streak in the old man
  9. CLJobe

    Chapter 11

    I think you are right. Men have a hard time when their sons are gay. They take that as a reflection on themselves.
  10. CLJobe

    Chapter 11

    The message is more important than the font. Maybe one of these days I'll show you how to tame a font.
  11. CLJobe

    Chapter 11

    Yes, I had to experience that as well. And you are right, it bothered me for a long time after.
  12. CLJobe

    Chapter 11

    Cal, is Jim a doctor? Tkx. Yes, he's his sister's BF. You remember the comment about why his sister wanted to be a nurse
  13. CLJobe

    Chapter 11

    Yes, I also am glad he made peace with his mother. And you are right, not sure his father overfill make peace.
  14. CLJobe

    Chapter 11

    “Adrian, what do you think about buying a car?” “We don’t need one for school or work. Why are you asking?” “When I turned the car in at the rental place, I heard them talking about taking one of the cars and putting it up for sale. When I asked about them selling cars, they said they check the car, make any necessary repairs, and then sell them at a discount. She said they buy new cars from the factory at a discount which they make up on rentals, and when the car is paid off, they sell it.” “Did you see any you liked?” “Yes, I saw a few in the lot, but they weren’t for sale. Although I think they could have got a similar car from one of the other rental places.” “Let’s give it a thought. I guess a car might be nice over the holidays. We could visit your grandparents as well as Alex and Bill.” “Let’s go to sleep.” “Really. You want to sleep?” “Well, not right away, but eventually.” I grabbed him and pulled him to our bed. “Wait, let’s take a shower first.” I was all for that as it was a good preamble to what would happen. As I washed his back, he had a fine ass that was all mine and only mine. “Hey, don’t stop, finish washing my back.” “Sorry, but I had to stop to admire the view.” “You can admire it in bed, and I’m sure you’ll get a different perspective.” “Fancy words, college boy. I’ll get more than a perspective.” “Just remember what happens will come around.” “Hey, you can check my perspective anytime. You can do it now as you wash my back.” “I need you to bend over a little so that I can wash your hair.” I knew that wasn’t what he wanted, and sure enough, I felt a poking into my perspective. “You bad boy.” “Do you want me to stop or continue to wash your hair?” “Can you massage my scalp as well?” “I’ll give you a deep massage.” And he did. Making love is one thing, but adding a little humor never hurts. I knew that Paul loved me, and I also knew my turn would come before we fell asleep. The next morning, “I wonder if we could make that fried chicken like the diner?” “Let’s get some chicken and buttermilk and find out. You’ll need a cooking thermometer to be sure the temperature is right. If it works, we can make it for the Grands.” We had to go shopping anyway as we were out of breakfast and lunch fixings. Walking to the supermarket, “Gene said that the bank was going to contact me concerning my trust fund. I don’t understand why Dad never said anything.” “Maybe he was hoping you’d never find out. He certainly has made it rough on you going to college.” “I was hurt by what my mom said. Do you suppose she would’ve gotten an abortion if she knew I’d be gay?” “I don’t know, but I’m glad she didn’t. If she had, I’d never have found you.” “If she gave me up for adoption, you still may have never found me. I wonder what my life would have been like.” “It could have been worse, like mine. Suppose you grew up in a homophobic household.” “At least you had your grandparents. I didn’t even have that.” “Yes, you did, maybe you didn’t know them or remember them, but they did love you.” I thought about that, “if it wasn’t for my grandfather, who knew where I’d be. I think Paul was right. Grandfather must have loved me to make sure I was taken care of financially. “Let’s shop.” “Adrian, pick up two of those cloth shopping bags. They hold more and are easier to carry.” “Look, lube is cheaper here than the drug store.” “Get several tubes. We go through that stuff faster than toothpaste.” I just laughed as he dumped six tubes in our basket. “Checking out was an experience with the lube. The check out guy looked at us and winked as he rang up the lube. My face turned red, but Paul smiled and winked back. That boy has no shame. He was in love and didn’t care what anyone said or did. When we got home, as Paul put the groceries away, Emily called, “Adrian, Mom is worse. Jim said it’s just a matter of time. I know you were just here but could you come again. I need you and Gene. Regardless of how she treated you, she is our mother.” “Paul, that was Emily. Mom isn’t going to make it, and she wants us to come back.” “I think we should go. You’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t.” “We have school starting next week. I Will miss the first few days.” “Let’s go over and talk to our advisors and let them know what’s up. I’m sure they’ll help us.” We had a quick lunch and headed to the administration building. I spoke to my advisor while Paul talked to his. My advisor told me to go and see my profs and let them know. He’ll follow up with them. When I met up with Paul, he said his advisor told him the same thing. ” “The next morning, we made the rounds. Our profs gave us the handouts for the first week. We had our books. They told us we could send in our assignments while we were gone, and they would keep us up to date on the assignments. “Paul, we don’t have computers. We have been using the ones in the library.” “Let’s buy one. We should have one anyway.” Buying one wasn’t a problem. Coming up with the money was the problem. “You need to go and rent a car while I pack.” “Adrian, Dave dropped off our mail. There is a letter for you from a bank. I’ll see you later.” I stopped packing and went to get the letter. When I opened the envelope, there was a letter and a check. The letter told me about the trust fund, the amount, and the check. The check represented the interest. I looked at the check, and I was sure there was a mistake. The letterhead included a phone number, so I called the bank. I asked for the man who signed the letter. When he answered, I told him who I was and received his letter and the check. “I think there has been an error. This is a large sum of money.” “No, sir, your trust has been accumulating interest since the money was initially deposited. The interest on the account was placed in a savings account, per your grandfather’s instructions. It was available for you to use as needed. Since you didn’t withdraw any amount, it just continued to grow. I spoke to your brother, and he asked that I send that check to you.” “I plan on being in town tomorrow. Can we meet? I need to discuss this with you, but before I do, I need to give this a lot of thought.” “Certainly, why don’t we have lunch. We can meet at the bank and go from there.” I agreed to lunch. Now I need to tell Paul. He won’t believe this. “When Paul came in, I rushed to him and grabbed him. “You won’t believe this. Look” When Paul’s eyes saw the check, he looked at me, then the check again. “This is real?” “Yes, I spoke to the bank, and we have a meeting tomorrow. Paul, I can’t believe this. This means I can pay your grandfather back now.” “I’m happy for you. To think that if your mother hadn’t got ill, you’d never found out about this.” “I’m sorry she is ill, but I should have been told about this. All the worrying I did and imposing on your grandparents wouldn’t have been necessary. So out of my mom’s illness, I’m reunited with my sister and brother. I got grandparents. I now know my grandfather was looking out for me, and best of all, I got you. What started out as a major worry for me is now resolved.” “You’re lucky, but I’m luckier. I got you.” “We need to share this with your Grands. We owe them this.” “When we come back, we can call or go and see them.” I told Dave that I had to go home again as my mother has turned worse, and the prognosis isn’t good. He understood and asked to check the diner for any more good information.” “The trip home was faster than last time since we now knew the way. “Drive to the hospital.” As soon as we enter, I went to the receptionist and asked for Emily. We waited a few minutes when I saw her enter the waiting room. We got our hugs and kisses, “Mom isn’t doing well at all. She is awake, but Jim said it is only time. I’m glad you came.” We followed Emily to Mom’s room. Dad was there, and by the looks on his face, he disapproved of me being there. I didn’t care what he thought. I was there for myself. I walked to Mom’s bed. She looked at me. I took her hand, she didn’t pull away, “Mom, I wanted you to know I forgive you. I love you and will always remember you. I hold no grudge, nor do I hate you. I wish you were better and we could talk. Just remember, I love you.” “There were tears in her eyes and mine as well. Regardless of how I was treated, she was my mother. I felt a hand on my shoulder, thinking it was my dad. I turned around to say the same to him; it wasn’t my dad; it was Gene. He pulled me into a hug. He had tears in his eyes. “Adrian, you’re a better man than me. I don’t know if I could have forgiven Mom if she treated me like she treated you.” “Gene, forgiveness is easy if you focus on the positive. I never had to worry about food or clothes or money when I needed it. For whatever reason, I think, in her way, Mom loved me.” I got a family hug. Gene, Emily, and Jim all hugged me. Dad stood aside, then left the room. Later, Paul told me he went and sat in the waiting room. “Emily, I have a meeting with the bank. We’ll be back later. Is there anything I can bring you? Gene, how about you, lunch, maybe?” “Adrian, if you go to the diner....” “Say no more.”
  15. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    I use to watch her shows. Now my caretaker has a degree in culinary arts, not bad eh?
  16. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    Butter milk was used a lot in cooking. Don't know about modern cooking if they still use it for chicken. I know there are some cake recipes that use butter milk.
  17. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    I think chicken was served in every household. My mother would bake it, but she had to baste it with butter quite often. When it was done, the chicken was crispy. The recipe at the cafe of soaking the chicken in buttermilk was found in an old cookbook. Try it, then I'll come and share it with you.
  18. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    If you only knew. When I posted this chapter I thought of you.
  19. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    With knowing that he is financially secure, knowing he has his sibling's support, he can focus on Paul and his studies.
  20. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    I find that grandparents accept their grandchildren more than their own children in cases where the grandchild is being ignored. I'm sure Adrian's parent said something to the grandparents about Adrian. Or maybe they saw something in Adrian thatches parents didn't. Grand parents aren't called GRAND without a reason.
  21. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    If I had to guess the one food that everyone seems to enjoy, I would say fried chicken. I love it and could eat it anytime
  22. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    You are very welcome.
  23. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    I'm up for the chicken, let's go. His father must have really hated Adrian. I'm sure Adrian will come out of this a stronger person, he has the love of Paul and his siblings. His father will be the loser
  24. CLJobe

    Chapter 10

    Yes and I thought it strange that his father knew, never said anything and did every thing possible to place a burden on his son.
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