If you have been reading my blog for awhile, I think you have probably already surmised that Papa and I aren't your "traditional" style parents. ESPECIALLY when it comes to our most UN-traditional child, Guppy 1. Our hope is that this will serve them in the long run because their goals in life aren't simple and (again) not the usual path.
That being said...
Today is the day that G1's friend is due to arrive for the planned Christmas break visit. G1 has been planning this since the summer and has worked her job at the Y to save for purchasing the ticket. We did have to help a little in the end since we decided to add the unaccompanied minor escort to the ticket so her friend can navigate the gates/layovers. But, she has agreed to pay us back the $150 she was short in fees.
In truth, I won't believe the friend is coming until I see it for myself.
I am not sure why I feel this way but I do. And, it worries me that G1 may be out all the money she has earned since August.
I'm sure there are at least a few of you that are questioning if we have completely lost our minds! Why didn't we just tell her no? Why didn't we say you cannot spend your money on a plane ticket as a Christmas present to someone clear across the United States?
Well, quite simply, we didn't do any of that because it's G1. Because of the kind of young woman she is (and the child she always was), we know that she is the one who needs to do some things trial and error. We can discuss things with her and, yes, quite a bit of it does sink in (even if we don't know it did for a loooong time! haha). But, some things she needs to figure out for herself - as in no matter how much rational discussion is done, we KNOW she won't process what we are saying. Or won't process it in time.
So, we let her take this chance...while she is still under our roof and can learn a valuable lesson without it doing too much damage financially. IF the friend doesn't come, it will absolutely hurt her pocketbook BUT it's not like she has any overhead expenses like rents, utilities, etc.
My hope is her friend comes and they have a fabulous time! We have allowed her to keep a little money in her bank account for the moment so they have a set amount of" fun" money to spend and won't be asking us. (If the friend doesn't come, you can bet we will be taking the rest of the money she owes us out of the account now!)
Leaving on a jet plane? We will know in a few short hours!
Happy Monday everyone!