Financial Family History – Part 2

Compulsive gambling.

This is a problem my father had.  Mom said she wasn’t aware of it until she was already pregnant with me.  She told me that had she known before she was pregnant, well let’s just say I wouldn’t be writing this.  I was made aware of this problem too early in life, sometime around 13 or 14.  This was a mighty burden for a child, as if I could do anything about it.  It wasn’t until much later I had any chance to do anything about it.

As I mentioned before, I didn’t realize we were poor.  Enlisted pay and a gambling problem and it’s a wonder we did have food on the table.  Knowing now what I didn’t know then, it’s a wonder we even had a roof over our heads.  Then again, after my brother and I both moved out as adults, the roof wasn’t such a stable thing.  Our “childhood” home was repossessed because of the gambling.

My brother and I both learned from our parents mistakes.  Neither of us gamble.  Let me rephrase, I never gamble more than I am willing to lose and treat it as an “event” to be paid.

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