The last few weeks have been ... interesting. My grandmother just went through a horrible and humiliating experience.
Two of her grandchildren (my cousins) are currently serving in Iraq. She got a terrifying call from one of them in the middle of the night. He said that he was on leave and was in a car wreck. He was at the hospital injured badly--his mouth and face especially, which is why he sounded a little strange on the phone. He desperately needed some money wired to him ... I'm sure you can guess where this is going. It was an elaborate scam to take her for all the money that she had in her bank account. It wasn't much, but it was all she had. She's 82 years old and in poor health. How evil do you have to be to prey on elderly relatives of people serving in the military? It's disgusting! So now she is left humiliated and broke. The whole thing just breaks my heart.
I don't think that there any way to get the money back. She did report everything to the police once she realized that she had been conned. My grandmother has always been an intelligent, proud, and independent woman, so I think the entire ugly episode has affected her spirit more than anything. Being looked upon by cops, relatives, and anyone who read the local paper as old and easily confused has hurt her more than losing the money. In any case, even if those despicable people are caught, the money is probably long gone by now.
After dealing with that, I had lots of home and work life to catch up on. Not to mention planning all the curriculum for the upcoming school year! (I homeschool my son for those of you who may not know.)
So if you emailed me and didn't hear back, I should be getting in touch with you shortly.
And by the way, I have an amazing interview with one and only Charles Winston that I will be posting soon!