Ahead of her time. Hard working. Good looking. Seems like you'd have
to go a ways to screw up your life with all that going for you, but
she did. Over and over again.
There's an old saying that goes: "You're
all right, the world's all wrong," the implication being, of course,
that "You're not all right at all." Most of us understand this, but
Miss Lynn never got it.
In Miss Lynn World, she was always right.
In Miss Lynn World, it was always someone else's fault. In Miss Lynn
World there were two kinds of people, Miss Lynn and everybody else.
Only she possessed The Truth, her reality prevailed: "I'm all right,
the world's all wrong."
One fine example was the time all of the
money (worth 1.5 million dollars today) went missing from the family
business. Miss Lynn? “Don't you dare blame me. If money is missing,
you probably took it. Besides, it was my money.” “Peasant.”
Then there was the time she changed the
lock on an inside door leading downstairs to the basement. The Big
House (Miss Lynn's humble 19 room abode) had an ancient boiler that
required attention on a 24-hour basis, including the middle of the
night. On this particular night, her son (with his wife, toddler
daughter, and newborn son asleep upstairs), headed to the basement
and discovered his key didn't work. The only alternate route
required bundling up against mid-winter freezing temperatures and
tramping outside and around the house to the basement level
entrance. In the snow.
Miss Lynn? Well, Miss Lynn felt slighted
and resented the attention the new baby was taking away from her.
This is a woman who refused to take "no"
for an answer and was, in many ways, years ahead of her time; who
destroyed her most intimate relationships over imagined wrongs; and
who squandered her talent and potential by choosing greed and
self-interest over her business and employees, and friends. And son.
Miss Lynn had one child, her son Andy,
who looked out for her his entire life. Yet her most beloved and
cherished companion for more than 50 years was David, who existed
only in Miss Lynn World, and yet remained real to her until the day
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