Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,
The Loaded Question
“Dad, are we rich?”
Ethan’s father drops his fork mid-bite. “That’s an unusual question,” Roger carefully responds.
Ethan, who just turned 16 and still fears his father’s disapproval, hesitates before continuing. He knows there is an unspoken rule in his family to never speak about money. Despite his nerves, he plows on, determined to get to the bottom of the wild claims his classmates made.
“So, the guys said I didn’t need to get a summer job, and I was like, ‘yeah, right,’ and then they asked if I had ever Googled you – I mean us – as a family…which I hadn’t…so I did.”
“Ah,” responds Roger, “You want to know if it’s true.”
Ethan shrugs, embarrassed. “I guess,” he mumbles, eyes locked onto his plate.
Roger sets down his fork, gently folds his large hands and looks Ethan in the eyes. “Yes, it’s true, son. But that changes nothing. You are to work, you are to study hard and you are to go to college. You are to find a career – any career – and you are to live a productive life. An inheritance changes nothing. I know from experience, understand?”
“Now that this nonsense is cleared up, we will never speak of it again,” and true to Roger’s word, he didn’t.