Father's Day Dilemma

@Razzles (391)
United States
June 15, 2007 9:57pm CST
I am in a situation that it is impossible to get out of. I have 5 siblings, 3 brothers and 1 sister. My father is 85 years old and still driving, but has been having problems with driving directions. My uncle has a navigator and was raving about it. My younger brother, who is a physician suggested we all chip in and buy him one. My other siblings are all financially stable, whereas my husband and I live paycheck to paycheck.. My father has done so much for us, taking all of his children, spouses, and grandkids on a cruise every year, besides doing other things for us. When my sister asked me about chipping in on this gift, I told her I would, but also wondering how I was going to come up with the money. When I spoke to her, it was all 5 of us chipping in on the gift. She called me from the store after she bought the gift, and said it may be just 3 of us chipping in. I was speechless. My husband thought I should have said something, but I didn't.
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@bgerig (1259)
• United States
16 Sep 07
of course, by this time (mid Sept. 07) you have already figured out the sitation...(I would be interested to know what you decided). But here is what I would have done. I would have contributed what I could have. If it wasn't an equal share, I would have offered what I could and said I would pay the rest of 'my share' when I could. Do you know what was the problem with the share that might not have happened? I think I would have asked sis about that, and see what the deal was with that sibling. But the bottom line...it is my father....I want to treat him as well as I can....independent of how my siblings can...some might be in a position to contribute more, others less.