I'm upset! My ex father in law promised me that I would never have to worry ~ HE would pay for my children's college education, apparently he put money aside for this purpose. He did pay for the first two semesters, but when my house sold and a move was imminent, my daughter FREAKED and withdrew herself from her classes. I guess my father in law believes that Brittany could have stayed with my oldest son, who remained in SWFL. That was NOT an option, in my opinion. He lives in an extremely small 2 bedroom trailer with his fiancée and her brother, in a less than desirable part of town. While I may have been able to help her salvage this semester, she decided to be a "grown up" and take matters into her own hands. Well, it seems that my father in law is angry that Brittany didn't consult with him, ahem, consult with HIM??? How about ME, whom she lives with??? Because she didn't consult with him first, he refuses to pay another dollar toward tuition. Soooooooo, she makes a not so good decision at 19 years old and she pays for it for the rest of her life???
Tomorrow I go to court because with my father in law's help, my ex-husband is seeking a downward modification of his child support. I was prepared to accept a settlement for pennies on the dollar, but with college expenses looming in my future, I'm not so sure it is a good idea. This settlement would relinquish any current/future responsibility my ex-husband has for my children.
AAGH!! What to do! What to do!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Today was my son's first day at a new school. I know, who moves their child when there is only 47 days left in the school year? Well, our house sold, and in this economy, we had to do what we had to do. I was afraid for him, for the last few years, Adam attended a relatively small school in Cape Coral, FL. He had the same group of teachers for the last two years and they would have followed him into 8th grade, too.
The day started well, Adam seemed to take to the strict dress code without complaint. When we got to the school, we were surprised at how busy it was. We waited patiently for someone to give him his schedule and discuss his classes with him. I was thrilled to learn that they felt that the Advanced Learner program was still appropriate for him. (Adam has been in a gifted program since 4th grade). The guidance counselor introduced him to another student that would help him get acclimated to the school. I couldn't help but notice that she was adorable!! Adam said he didn't notice. Yeah, okay! I spent some time speaking with the PTA President who seemed thrilled to learn that I wanted to volunteer on a regular basis. While my son went off on a tour with the student, I got a tour of my own with the PTA President. I got the "inside scoop" and I do believe that I can rest easy........Adam will be just fine!
He, however, does NOT like the school bus ride, apparently the middle school students ride the same bus as the high school students. No problems, they just like to keep the age groups separate, so that means the middle school students must squeeze in toward the front of the bus, 3 to a seat. Adam was NOT comfortable, we are talking about a boy that is 5'7, 170lbs......I get where he is coming from.........but, we'll try again tomorrow.