Dearest brothers in law stop Run out of money stop Please send $1000 to secret Scottish account stop Favourite sis in law stop
Reply: We will put into your bank account electronically stop You daughter can give us details stop Favourite Bros in Laws stop
Oh that it was that easy.
Last night I text teenage niece for older nieces mobile number. No reply but there was a left message for me asking where Mello's restaurant was. I was driving and I did not answer phone. Really, she meant where is the Republic restaurant. Don't ask. I don't know, although I do know about Hellenic Republic, or am I mixing my restaurants. The one in Lygon Street.
Call younger niece at 9am. Woke her up. Seems to be a problem. She is a two day school camp in Melbourne and has hurt her arm and said something bad to a teacher. I am concerned. She called back a few minutes later with her older sister's mobile number, since her older sister got home late and did not return our call left her the family answering machine.
Call older niece on home phone, no answer. Call her on her mobile and she answers. She was asleep too. Nine bloody thirty and they are all asleep. Niece says she will text details of her mother's bank account straight back.
Meanwhile I am tearing around trying to get things done before I have to be at work by ten.
The day passes but not in a good way. I am extremely grateful to my employer for giving me an air conditioned workplace, but it went down for forty minutes, I was feeling savage. No reply with bank details from older niece.
Home. Tell R the so far details. R gets stressed. I am concerned about younger niece. Clearly big problem with her. I know getting stressed gets nothing done. Must be methodical.
Why did not older niece sms me bank details. Does she want her mother prostituting herself in Dublin?
Call Tradie Brother, former husband of sis in law and father of nieces. Worst case is to ask him for sis in laws bank details, but I don't think she would want him to know we are funding her travels. Tradie Brother fills me in on details of younger niece. Not good. Older niece had carted younger niece off to the far north of Victoria to chill out at my step mother's place. Younger niece is truly in a mess. Yes, she did talk inappropriately to a teacher and did hurt her arm. An xray showed there was nothing serious.
I don't know what it is about my sis in law. Her children are just so strongly attached to their mother. They seem to barely function if she is not around to look after them. So different to my upbringing.
Ok, I really need the bank details to send sis in law money. Call older niece mobile. No answer. Call younger niece mobile, phone off or out of range. Call step mother. Step mother's partner answers. Make small talk about weather. Talk to step mother. Yes, niece is here. Older niece is on way back to Melbourne. Step Mother might be able to get younger niece to talk about her problems. She won't talk to anyone else, not her father or older sister.
While talking to step mother, another call is coming in. Must be older niece. Call older niece. I sent bank details, she said. Repeat of my mobile number explains. 628 not 268. Resends to correct number and at least finally I could put money in sis in laws account.
We have never really connected well with older niece. I said to R some time, she will come into her own when she gets older. It seems she has. She has sorted out her younger sister with a break in the country. In spite of the mixed up phone number, she eventually sorted that. Tradie Brother is proud of her for looking after her younger sister so well.