After dad passed almost a decade ago, mom sold my cousin
22 revolver (never registered, IRC, it walked out of the mfg plant)
for a whopping $1k, and then he came bragging to me the rifle appraised at 10k, I don't remember the caliber, 10k does sound a LOT high, and I do doubt it, but it was grandpa's rifle. Mom "claims" she asked me, but I sure don't remember the conversation.
As to holding my head high, absolutely. EVERYTHING I did was right, and ALWAYS in mom's best interest. She made some unfortunately bad decisions that I couldn't change or fix. That dream was really a telling point to me. I maybe able to work some amazing solutions, but there's only so much a mortal can do.