Music to a kid’s ear, nails on a chalkboard to a parent’s. I’m luckier than most. I have one child left at home. I don’t have to play event coordinator this summer, nor do I have to be a chauffer, or a babysitter. I’m freeeeee…almost. My son is, as of today, officially a senior. This senior will return to school July 31st! I told this senior of mine this afternoon that this summer was not going to be one big party and I was to going to foot the bill for the party.
Some of you are scratching your head and thinking, “Why doesn’t the kid get a job?” Well the answer to that is, he plays football. This summer between his school’s team football camp, working his father’s two linemen camps, then summer ball and then double days, the kid doesn’t have time for a job. At least not the kind of job that takes into account his schedule. It works the other way. So because the kid needs to be in football, for various reasons i.e. to keep his propensity for butt-head type trouble to a minimum, keep him active, and on a purely selfish part, to entertain his mother under the Friday night lights this fall.
It’s a win win, except for my bank account. So, as I pondered the kid draining my wallet on a daily basis, I came up with a most excellent idea. Tomorrow I’m taking the bugger to the bank for a student checking account. Not for the checks, but for the ATM card that comes with it. I’m giving him a set allowance each week, money that I will personally put into his account at the beginning of each week. Once he’s tapped out, there will be no more cash until the next week (and I will hold firm on that point!).
It will teach him to budget and manage his money. It will keep me from growling every time I open my wallet to get a buck and find it empty, only to hear, “Oh, I told you I needed gas money.” Double grrr. It doesn’t help that his Bronco swills gas like a fish. We really do need to get him a more economical vehicle. But the Bronco is big, solid and I feel safer with him driving it. Of course he told us a Hummer would be even safer.
So for me, this summer is taking shape to be rather idyllic. When the guys are off to camp, I’ll have a few gf’s spend the night. We eat, drink, watch movies and hot tub. No one asking for money or what’s for dinner. I plan on taking a few days here and a few days there. With company and without. I’m looking forward to quiet solitude and writing. There is no time for a family vacation this summer. Between hubby’s camps, son’s camp, my conference in July and school starting in August there is no time. In fact we have no time until November to spend a vacation together. Such is the life of a player’s mom and coach’s wife. I’m not complaining, I love football.
So, what are in your plans for this summer? Do you have a regular vacation destination?
And if you could chose to do anything or go anywhere this summer where and what would it be?