Tuesday, September 2, 2014
In March of this year, exactly three years after my son died, a letter addressed to Michael from Consumer Protection BC, arrived at my home. They were advising him that he had been charged illegal fees on some of his Instaloan transactions and could apply for a refund. Well, obviously that was not possible. The amount of the claim was a modest $35.98, but on principle, I applied on his behalf. After filling out and mailing in the paperwork, then following up with a couple of phone calls, and numerous emails, I finally received the cheque today, a few days shy of the three-and-a-half year anniversary of his passing. These out-of-the-blue reminders of his death are always emotionally challenging. And ironically, given his nature, it is doubtful that Michael would have pursued the matter, were he still alive. However, now I imagine him smiling supportively, those big blue eyes looking down at me, head angled and eyebrows raised, as he sees Canuck Place benefit from this process.