Female readers weigh in on ‘greedy’ spouse
FEEDBACK regarding the affluent grandfather whose wish to spend $5,000 annually for six years on his two young grandchildren, upsets his common-law spouse (June 22):
Reader No. 1 — “This is NOT his girlfriend’s business.
“She should appreciate his kind and generous character.
“She’s lucky to have a man who promises her a life of security. “She’s selfish and petty. “No, I’m not a man but an attractive, high-earning professional woman who feels contempt for women who make money grabs instead of taking care of themselves.”
Reader No. 2 — “Never does he express that he isn’t considering his partner and their future. He’s saying his retirement value is at $1.6 million and hers will add $500,000. With financial advice, he feels that THEY will be OK in the future.”
Reader No. 3 — “A financially responsible grandfather wanting to spoil his grandchildren shouldn’t be a problem.” Reader No. 4 — “His two kids (27 and 30) are on their own; her two kids (20 and 23) still live with them. If they’re not paying market rent, utilities, and their share of groceries, her children are receiving well more than $5,000 per year.”
Reader No. 5 — “It’s his money, they’ve only been together for eight years, it’s his right to spend on his grandkids.”
Reader No. 6 — “His girlfriend’s position will divide her stepchildren/ grandchildren from herself and her children.
“The couple both bring independent wealth to their union. Perhaps separate accounts could be the solution, but my feeling is that she wants it all.”
Reader No. 7 — “This wonderful grandfather is enjoying his money and spending $5,000 a year on lessons and experiences for his grandchildren. It’s his right and pleasure.”
Reader No. 8 — “His common-law partner is jealous and greedy. The fact that he’s close with his grown children is wonderful and she should appreciate it.”
Reader No. 9 — “My money is just that — and I wouldn’t let or like someone to tell me what to do. I’m female, retired, and have the means to do the same as this man. All women should take financial responsibility and do their best to be self-reliant.”
Reader No. 10 — “Kudos to this man who knows this is the time when families are stressed for extra cash.”
Reader No. 11 — “On a percentage basis, $5,000 annually on $1.6-million assets at age 55 is nothing.
“These assets will continue to grow and be worth significantly more as the couple age. They have plenty of disposable income without touching their assets.”
Reader No. 12 — “I’ve been privy to a number of such unions and ultimately the estate was left to the second wife and her children, with the children of the husband being left high and dry.”
Ellie — Some interesting facts about the above responses: ALL were written by women who disagreed with the spouse’s position. No men sent comments on this issue.
Though the grandfather considers the woman his common-law “wife,” several women dismissed her as his “girlfriend.”
Also, though she works and will receive a decent retirement pension, she’s considered by some women to be making a “money grab.”
I was also castigated for “siding with her” (I don’t mind, as I believe readers’ opinions add to the general topic debate). Yet what I suggested was that there may be deeper relationship reasons for her need to feel they’re making long-term decisions together. It’s a common insecurity underlying couples’ fights, not only about money.
In fact, I was clear that they could well afford his generosity.