Disinheritance Prompts Family's Transformation
MELISSA BLOCK, Host:
Skylar Bartels had the full support of his family during his days at Wal-Mart. They even contributed a couple hundred bucks to help him buy snacks and supplies while he was there. But families aren't always so supportive. Take the experience of commentator Rich Cohen. When his grandmother died and the will was read, the family learned that Rich Cohen's mother had been cut out. Things were never the same.
RICH COHEN: Did my grandparents love me? All I know is they did not consider me, or what would happen to our family. I used to be close to my cousins. We used to be friendly. We'd joke around, go out for beer. Our families used to vacation together. Not anymore. I have my own little boys. I hope they'll never find out what happened to my mother and her family. But inevitably they'll hear the stories and reach their own conclusions. And either they won't know their cousins and won't care, or they will raise armies and lead those armies to take vengeance in the name of their disinherited, ancient, unloved patriarch of a father.
BLOCK: Rich Cohen is the author of the forthcoming book Sweet and Low, A Family Story.
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