You just inherited $1,000,000 from an aunt you didn’t even know existed. What’s the first thing you buy (or otherwise use the money for)?
Fun story – so there are missing branches of my family tree. No aunts that I’m aware of, but definitely cousins who are wayfaring strangers. For example, the babies in this photo I inherited from my paternal grandmother are unknown. I suspect that they are the twin daughters of my great-grand aunt Margaret Rice Kirsh Reilly. Margaret was married to Harold Kirsh and they had twin daughters circa 1925, Dorothy and Louise Kirsh. Margaret divorced Harold and remarried. She had a son with her second husband. I have no idea what happened to any of her three children, but they allegedly stayed in Pittsburgh. So if you happen to know the Kirsh family or a man named Bud Reilly, drop me a line.
The age old question. Instead of pontificating, I’m going to list the first things that come to mind. Let’s assume paying off debt is an obvious first decision.
- Buy Ledcat a brand new hybrid small SUV in powder blue.
- New “elder friendly” dog and cat beds for everyone. Heated, cushioned, etc.
- Landscape the backyard.
- Pay the GLCC’s rent for 2 years. Also, purchase ads for the GLCC in every single LGBTQ program/publication as my way to support the community.
- I will NOT start a foundation, a 501c3 or any such thing.
- Donation to the Food Bank to hire staff to run Pgh Tote Bag Project for at least 2 years.
- Fly to NYC to see my college roommate and meet her son, then go have lunch with Andy at a fancy restaurant (my treat) and give him a big hug.
- Invest what’s left so Ledcat doesn’t worry about retirement as much.
- Oh, maybe go to see the Pacific Ocean.
- More carefully review genealogy records to identify other potential missing rich relatives.