Publisher’s Clearinghouse: I’m entertaining offers

A photo from a few years back when they had no idea they needed to fight over me.

This is what I heard this morning, or think I heard: The latest Publisher’s Clearinghouse prize would give me win $5,000 a week for life. Plus, I could choose one other person to get $5,000 a week for life.

Think of the family stories and get togethers after I’ve picked one kid but not the other.  It would be like Solomon cutting the family in two.

No way would I do that. I love them both the most.

Then I thought, I’m getting older. I’m entertaining offers to be my “friend” for the other $5,000 a week for life.

I’m also remembering. In high school when she went out, I always told Maggie, “Be good.” She always replied, “I’m always good.”

Michael, seven years younger, picked up that mantra as well.

The truth has come out over the years that neither one was an angel every single day of his/her high school and college life, but let’s not go there. They are wonderful adults who really didn’t give us that much trouble as kids – or maybe we were as blind as other parents were.

In that I’m-taking-offers category, there is that pesky issue of who will take care of dear old mom in her oldest years.

Maggie suggests often that we move to Kansas City to be closer to her and her husband.I remember Michael saying that Maggie would do a great job at taking care of me in my old age.  Should I hold that against him? He was probably in high school when he said it.

Both kids can write so I also need to take into consideration which one is likely to write a “Mommy dearest” tell-all about about their sweet old mom.

Of course, my husband asked whether he would get the second $5,000. I felt we could get by on the single five grand a week to which he added, “if we are frugal.”:-)

I have reassured Dick that he could still buy a mandolin or two each month with just $5,000 a week.

So kids … give me your best offer. Then I’ll send in my Publisher’s Clearinghouse entry because I – along with one of you – may have already won.

About Susan T. Hessel

My career evolved from newspaper reporter to freelance writing to personal historian. My heart is in writing personal history because through it I connect the generations - past, present and future. As a member of the Association of Personal Historians, I preserve stories and photos in books I wrote for families, individuals, organizations, businesses and community. I can be reached at 608 385-4935. Email me at Visit my website at
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3 Responses to Publisher’s Clearinghouse: I’m entertaining offers

  1. Danielle Lam says:

    Hi Susan! My name is Danielle Lam and I am a member of the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol! I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE what you wrote and I’m thrilled to hear that you like the brand new PCH contest – $5,000.00 A Week “Forever”!!!! never before has PCH (or any other sweepstakes) offered a prize that gives you the opportunity to pay it forward. Your thoughts on who you would choose are absolutely amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and TRULY wish you the BEST of luck in the sweepstakes! Thank you for bringing a smile to my face today and keep up the great work!

    Hey…who knows…I may be seeing you at your door one day! :) Just in case you didn’t enter the “Forever” prize yet, here is the link:

  2. Kimberly Sutton says:

    Hello Danielle! I am hoping that you and the prize petrol will show up at my house on the 31st. II have been trying very hard to win and I hope it happens.It keeps me very busy trying to win this. Any way I just wanted to say hello.
    Thank you for making peoples dreams come true!
    Kimberly Sutton

  3. i just can’t believe it!! 3 andd a half hours. I have no idea where this may leed me to, i dare to dream, I know it is just a game, but the stakes run far past my expantations, to get my hopes up are far to disappointing. I must stay calm (ya right) for my chance are few. No one can steal my hopes, but I shell tuck them inside, waitimg for that day my life COULD and may change. Calm,calm,calm! Connie Barlow

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