Make a plan.
As we were getting ready for school this morning the boys waved ominous looking yellow forms at me, saying, “You need to pay for instrument hire, Mum.”
Shit. I paid for everything school related like music tuition, fees, school books and stationary last year, but they weren’t billing for instrument hire till this year, which of course I’d forgotten about. $170 per instrument, Three children. That was $510 I spent at the bursar’s office this morning.
Universe, I will NOT be cowed or dissuaded. I am sticking to the challenge! I WILL pay off my mortgage in 5 years (or thereabouts.)
On fairly related news, when Tony dropped the younger boys off from their weekend with him I went out and showed Evan4’s undershot teeth to him and said that he will have to get braces this year. I said that I didn’t want to do it till the next financial year so I can claim as many medical expenses as possible on my tax return, so I was giving him a few months notice. If he wanted to pay up front that’d be great, but otherwise he could pay his half through installments with the child support. (At $300 a month for 3 boys (Tom1 isn’t being “supported” by his father any more since he turned 18) I figured that it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. His share of the cost of the braces will probably be around 2.5K.)
His reply? In front of Evan4?
In a lofty tone he said, “Well, if I have some spare cash around that time I’ll be glad to do it.”
Call me crazy, but alarm bells rang with that little statement. “If I have some spare cash…”?
He didn’t like it when I calmly said that it was not an optional payment we were talking about here. He started to get a bit narky, especially when I reminded him that we have already gone through this when Tom1 and Ryan3 needed braces. He started to say some quite nasty things until I said that if he kept on talking the way he was, then I’d take the path that David2 has taken and refuse to talk to him again because I was simply not going to put up with the attitude. He mumbled something about him not liking my attitude, then shut up when he looked at Evan4 standing there.
I’m pretty sure he’ll pay his half, because how can he NOT when he’s already paid for half of the other boys’ braces? He just wants to see if he can wriggle out of it but I’m damned if I feel obliged to let him.
Still, isn’t it funny? I give myself a financial challenge and look what happens!
But I laugh at these events. I bite my thumb at them! (That’s a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ quote, for those who are interested.)