Dear Jude My mother went into long term care last Friday. We had been living together for the past 15 years. I miss her so much. She was obsessed with her money. Someone was always "stealing" her purse. Once we had a week long discussion about "a boy" who had been taking money from her purse. It made her cry and I felt so helpless. "The boy" had a "father" and she begged me to see him and get the money back. I agreed and we worked out that mother was owed about £150, part of this was to pay a debt to her own mother (who died in the early 80s). I went to the cash til and drew £150. I came home for a serious chat. "Now. Here you have the money." We put it in her purse and I made her promise not to let "the boy" near her again. She was so relieved. A few moments went by and I could see her mind ticking over. Then, she brightly announced: "That's all well and good. But you know, they still owe me for all his school fees!" "The boy" went away for a few weeks. He returned about a month ago. This time he had taken one of her books. She couldn't recall the title. We went through the Bible, a dictionary...because she insisted it was the most famous book in the world. A couple of weeks ago she asked for a pen and paper so that she could write to the newspapers about this. Her handwriting went sometime ago. However, she managed to scribble something. About a week ago she wrote that her Readers Digest had been stolen. The letter was dated 1941.