Mama’s Money and Jack Benny
Years ago an elderly lady drove up to our ER in an old battered Ford Galaxie. She got out and walked across the parking lot. About half way to the entrance she collapsed. Of course everyone put on a full court press.
They cut the woman’s clothes off to shock her heart and bills of all denominations fluttered in the breeze. Housekeeping gathered it up the best they could. All the medical folks pressed on. She didn’t make it.
Soon the family arrived. “What the hell did y’all do with mama’s money?” one demanded. My Lord, the woman died and they were not the least bit worried about that. They knew that mama kept all her money on her person and wanted a proper accounting.
I have seen it a number of times; the family at the bedside fighting about assets before the body even goes to the morgue. Thanks goodness it isn’t the norm, but when it happens I want to shake these folks and ask just what is wrong with them.
People are funny about money, though. I am forever reminded of the old Jack Benny skit. I loved Benny, and have a set of his DVDs I still watch at times. In this one scene, a robber confronts Benny. He sticks a gun in his ribs and says, “Your money or your life.”
Benny delivered the punch line with the perfect timing only he could do. “I’m thinking, I’m thinking.”
Jack Benny was great. I think he went to the same grade school as my agent. When they were kids they didn’t have ‘show and tell,’ but ‘show and show.’ And that skit showed an awful lot about people. Jack Benny’s ability to show those timeless human qualities endeared him to millions, and that is why he is still one of my favorites.
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