Dream of:29 October 2006 "Dick Schleicher"
I was sitting in a classroom with 15-20 other people, while my father (50-55 years old) was seated at a desk at the front of the class. We had assembled for the reading of the will of my father's step-father Clarence. My father, who had already seen the will, pulled it out and quickly informed everybody that nobody there would receive anything and that my grandfather had left his entire estate to one person, a man named "Dick Schleicher."
I was stunned. Who was Dick Schleicher? And what was my father thinking? I looked at my father and incredulously asked him if my grandfather had left anything to him. He repeated what he had already said -- everything went to Dick Schleicher.
People began getting up and leaving. I stood up and walked over to my father. I wanted to see the will for myself. He handed it to me -- it was several pages. I quickly noticed two things: the will had been written in 1978 and it had been prepared by Smith (an attorney from Portsmouth). I blurted out that Smith had known all these years about my grandfather's intention but he had never said anything. Of course, I reflected that Smith, being an attorney, had a duty to keep silent. Nevertheless, it seemed odd that Smith had written my grandfather's will.
More puzzling, however, was the identity of Dick Schleicher. My father had no idea who Dick Schleicher was. My mind began racing. Perhaps Dick Schleicher was dead. Perhaps he couldn't be found. In that case, the estate would be divided according to intestate distribution. Such a distribution wouldn't help me, however. My father's mother Mabel was still alive and she would inherit almost everything. I would still get nothing.
Still, everything going to an unknown man seemed unfair. Nothing had been left to my grandmother nor to my step-uncle Ivan (Clarence's son) nor to the children of my step-aunt Lou (Clarence's deceased daughter). Everything had gone to an unknown Dick Schleicher in a will made almost 30 years ago -- it just didn't seem right.
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