“I discovered that my parents were rich even though they counted their pennies all their lives”

“I discovered that my parents were rich even though they counted their pennies all their lives”
“I discovered that my parents were rich even though they counted their pennies all their lives”

Roseline was 62 years old when she discovered her family’s secret: “I am an only child and I took care of my parents’ estate. My parents are still alive but we agreed together that it would be better if everything was managed before they death. I agreed, so I took care of it with them. It’s not an easy thing to prepare for afterward. But I’m not a kid and my parents are old. in the scheme of things that one day they will no longer be there I am a medical secretary and I am single with no children, so I live properly but without excess I was able to buy a small house thanks to a. contribution that I had put aside and because my parents gave me a few thousand euros to help me, it was already enormous to have this help. I did not think that my parents were rolling over. neither does gold. For me, they always had a simple lifestyle and worked hard. They had a retirement that I knew was reasonable. For me, we had a bit of the same means, those of the middle class. has been well declassified.”

When she looks at her parents’ accounts, Roseline is surprised: “I first discovered that my parents had a lot of money in their accounts. There was nothing invested, it was just money. money that was sitting in two current accounts But it was still 6-figure sums, which made no sense to me. I talked to them about it and they told me that now their house was. reimbursed, they did not receive much in their retirement and the money was accumulating I continued to retrieve information on their different accounts and I realized that there were others And that the. The sums of money were very large. My parents had assets of almost 700,000 euros in addition to the house where they lived. I had to ask them for explanations. They explained to me that they had made investments. long ago, that they had received inheritances and had bought and then sold an apartment on the coast years ago. I remember this apartment well. I always thought it was a rental. My parents managed to hide from me throughout my life that they had money. And if it had been so easy, it was also because this money was simply hidden. My parents never lived like people with money. I’ve seen them save, count pennies and complain about the cost of living all their lives. It was a shock to find out that they had lied to me.”

Roseline is angry with her parents for not having been more honest with her: “I was forced to work to pay for accommodation for my studies. I had difficult ends of the month. I got into debt to pay for my home I never really took advantage of it even though I always wanted to travel, to see the world. I deprived myself of it because I didn’t have the means, but also because I told myself that it was. was like that, that I came from a background that lived like that When I learned that my parents had money, I felt cheated. I could have had a very different life from the one I had. I’m not talking about taking it easy and taking advantage of their money, but about allowing myself experiences that are meaningful when you’re young. When I talked about it with them, they didn’t. didn’t understand that it could have changed my life. For them, I’m going to benefit from this money one day But we don’t know yet. Maybe it will be in 10 years or more. What good will this do for me? I’m not even sure I was in good enough shape at that point to take the trips I dreamed of. My parents have been sitting on a mountain of money for years that they decided to keep for some reason I don’t understand. I’ll find myself having to do the same. Except that I have no children, no one to pass it on to. They don’t understand that this makes me angry. For them, money cannot be spent. I don’t see what else it could be used for. I’m not talking about doing anything extra, but just enjoying life a little. Sacrificing yourself like that all your life for this result seems crazy to me. I almost wish I didn’t know until they died. This is ruining our relationships.”

Some families hide secrets that can have consequences for several generations. What are these secrets? How do they resurface? And finally, what are the consequences that this can have on the people who discover them? The series “Family Secrets” returns to this thorny subject of lies and dissimulation within homes.

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