One of the first things that a financial planner will tell you is to write your Last Will and Testament as soon as you can, because it tells your survivors where your stuff goes when you die. There are do-it-yourself will kits, but most people go to a lawyer to have it drawn up, because they know all the right things to say and the right way to say them, and knows all the right things to ask, like whether you want to be buried or cremated and who gets your stuff if the person you leave it to dies before you do.
Our situation is fairly simple: If I go first, Mary gets all my stuff, and if she dies, I get all her stuff. Whoever’s left standing then has to figure out what to do with all the stuff once they die.
To put this in more formal terms, the person making the will is the testator, the person who carries out the provisions of the will is the executor, and the people who get the testator’s stuff are the heirs. The formal term for "getting the testator’s stuff" is inheriting it. If you want to know more about that, talk to your lawyer.
You inherit things from your parents when they’re still alive. I have blue eyes because my mother did. Dad’s were hazel, like his mother’s, but I think my grandfather Tom might have had blue eyes, because Jim, Kip, and I all have blue eyes. Pat, Mom’s son with her second husband Jack, has brown eyes because his father did, and brown eyes are dominant over blue.
I had originally had the bright idea of trying to explain that, then I remembered that fifty years ago, when I was taking biology, I tried to explain it, and made a fool of myself in front of my classmates. I did get a C on the paper, but then I got a lot of C’s in high school. Anyway, if you want to read an article on it, try this one. Find someone who can explain it to you, because I can’t…
My father also had a rather prominent nose, and on more than one occasion said "Thank God none of them got my nose!" Mom once said that he had small eyes, a big nose, thin lips and a widow’s peak, none of which was especially attractive on its own, but that you put them together, and he was quite a handsome man.