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REVENGE


This morning, as I listened to Senior Management wade through a mountain of college info with my son (who's in his high school senior year), I found myself wondering:

How did he get so old so fast? 

Later, when I heard about the cost of tuition fees for the colleges on his shortlist, that feeling of nostalgia was replaced by  "Eek!"

And he wonders why I intend to go and live with him and his family once I hit 90 and exact my revenge.




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drjeff
Sep. 6th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
One of the beauties of my college counseling center job is a little something called "tuition exchange," which is basically free tuition to hundreds of colleges throughout the U.S. They are trying to make me feel better for being poorly paid. Now if I can just convince one of our kids to go to college!
jongibbs
Sep. 6th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
That tuition exchange sounds good :)
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karen_w_newton
Sep. 6th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the wonderful world of college tuition! Paying for college has been described as buying a new car every year, and then pushing it off a cliff. A state university with in-state rates is a Hyundai, while a private college can be a Mercedes. My daughter picked a state school in another state, so we're in the Toyota range; it started with a Corolla, but it's gone up every year so we're almost a Camry now.

But it's not really the same, because hopefully, you will get more for your investment than a pile of wrecked car parts. -)

I like the revenge plan. It's almost as good as spoiling the grandchildren.

jongibbs
Sep. 6th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Do they have a bicycle equivalent? :)
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catephoenix
Sep. 6th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Never mind college... My nephew (my younger brother's son) is getting married in 3 weeks. What!!!
jongibbs
Sep. 6th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Then he must be a child bridegroom :)
jl_johnson
Sep. 6th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
You do realize, your son is revenge from your parents, right?
jongibbs
Sep. 6th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Lol, I'm pretty sure my old gran took that job :)
peadarog
Sep. 6th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Why wait for 90? Go earlier and use up more of his money!
jongibbs
Sep. 6th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I won't need incontinence pads until then ;)
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jakobdrud
Sep. 6th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Where I live, the state pays for all college tuition. I got 6 years of it for free. Of course I have to pay some 40-60% taxes for the rest of my life, but I still say it's a bit of a bargain. (I get free healthcare as well).
jongibbs
Sep. 6th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
In that case, when I'm 95, I'm coming to live with you :)
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clarionj
Sep. 6th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, I know that feeling. We've one in her last year of college and one a sophomore in high school. Every year older, every year more expensive it seems.

LOL, I like your idea of revenge. I'm always warning them about the crazy phone calls they'll be getting from senile parents, but I haven't yet threatened to move in :)
jongibbs
Sep. 6th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Remember when that first child was born, and we thought it was expensive? :)
bogwitch64
Sep. 6th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah! I tell my kids all the time, I took care of them, they'll take care of me! Ha! Of course, they then threaten to keep me chained in the basement like Sloth from Goonies.
jongibbs
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
You've obviously been too soft on them. I try to live by my old gran's philosophy of 'Spare the cattle prod, spoil the child' :)
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aalford
Sep. 6th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
To have or not to have...
My good friend and colleague asked me when the wife and I were going to have kids. To which I said, "Well, never, after hearing you talk about'em. You're always complaining of having so little money and even less free time."

"I never said that," was his immediate reply.

"I'm positive you said those things--"

"You heard wrong. I said 'no money' and 'no free time.'"
jongibbs
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Re: To have or not to have...
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't swap my kids for less than $10,000 a piece any amount of money :)
wordsrmylife
Sep. 7th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, one of my husbands' co-workers just took his son to the highest-priced 4-year liberal arts college around. A semester costs more than my entire college career. (And I'm not that old a fogey.)

The good news is that financial aid means that most colleges end up costing families the same amount, although merit scholarships can make a difference.

Good luck with all that! I've got one more tuition check to write. Unless graduate school looms immediately, which I doubt.
jongibbs
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
So long as it helps him get a career that pays enough to keep me in luxury during my dotage, I'll be glad to pay :)
mtlawson
Sep. 7th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
Why wait until 90? Go for it at 60!!
jongibbs
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Like I said to Peadar, I want to wait till I need my incontinence pads changing every hour or two ;)
msstacy13
Sep. 7th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
No student loans.

Grants, scholarships, work-study, whatever,
but no student loans.
jongibbs
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
And no having fun while he's there either :)
maryjdal
Sep. 7th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Our daughter is now in University and yes, I agree with how quickly nostalgia is replaced by "Eek! - :)
jongibbs
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
It's all part of the joy of parenthood, right? ;)
phoenixfirewolf
Sep. 7th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
lmao
jongibbs
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
:P
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