Grace turns seven
Last weekend Grace turned seven. Most of the kids in second grade turned seven long ago and are about to or have already turned eight. Most definitely Gracie is the youngest kid in second grade at her school. That said, even though the youngest she can run with the best of them.
She opened the gifts from us on Friday at our home. On Saturday she had her party at her mother's home complete with most of her BFF's and other relatives.
As you see below, Grace just had to sit with her very best boy friend. She has it all figured out that they're getting married after college and having a slug of kids. Tell me, just where do kids come up with this stuff at age seven? Our rant to Grace remains the same: Do the high school thing. Then college. Grad school. Well paying job with a future. Grow up, become a mature woman. Play the field. Date only those with their shit together with a great job and money in their wallet. Go from there.
Life plays out differently. First off, who listens to their elders anymore? Life's errors could be avoided if they would only listen to those who have been there and done that.
Hmmmm. Like you and I really listened to our elders back in the day? Learning the hard way is how life usually plays out for most of us. Growing up it was pretty much my deal to screw things up. Dad used to say, "Bob, you just can stand prosperity. You always mess up a good thing." Many of life's lessons for Bob was learned from the school of hard knocks. Even then I often still didn't get it and I'd go back for more messing things up. Why would I expect Grace or anyone else to live the first part of their lives any differently?
Grace's after high school education has strings attached. We've set aside a sum of money adequate for her to go all the way through grad school and then some but with conditions not mentioned here. Use your imagination. If you know Bob you know well what the conditions will be for Grace to receive her college money.
College isn't for everyone. If Grace decides not to take that path and be happy doing something else so be it. We'll be happy with whatever she does and where ever she ends up. The good Lord willing, I'll be there to enjoy that.