Delayed gratification and math

The sun came out briefly this morning and David and I worked in the front yard, me swoeing in the perennial bed and him mowing.  We can only do this for about a half hour before we need to stop.  Fortunately, when the weather is warmer, my #2 granddaughter Amelia will be here to help me outside. She will also have a part-time job with her university this summer.   Amelia is graduating from UVA in a week with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Religion. She plans to take a year off and work and then attend graduate school.

Amelia is pictured above with the UVA band on a trip to Atlanta this past year.  She is the red-head in the second row standing behind the kneeling girl in the front row, fourth from the left.

 Granddaughter #4, Joy, who recently won top prize for a very positive speech on McDonald (the food chain) at the regional gathering of the FFA, is headed for the national event as well as the school of agriculture at Virginia Tech in the fall. She will graduate from high school in June of this year.  Joy is pictured to the left with the VA Tech mascot when she visited the college this spring. 

This summer, Joy will work on the organic farm where she was employed during her senior year,  and where she will continue to earn money for college. 

Although we were never wealthy, my daughter and I set up education plans for each of the girls, way back when. We hoped they could each graduate debt free from college.  No reckless borrowing for them.

I mentioned this to one of the women touring the retirement home with David and me this week.  She told me she had a grandchild headed for college and I mentioned we have one headed to college, and one graduating from college in a couple of weeks.  She added with a “boatload of debt.” No, I told her, “We set up education plans for each of our granddaughters when they were young.  It didn’t cost a lot, because if you start when they are young the monthly payment is small.” 

Meanwhile, granddaughter #3, Rita, has just landed a job as a tech assistant at a local veterinary office near her home.  She plans to finish a degree in vet technology at the Community College near her home. 

Hannah, granddaughter #1, age 24 in a few months, is half-way through her MA in education. She plans to teach. Meanwhile, she has been substitute teaching  and working as  a part-time nanny.  She loves little kids. 

So, each of the girls has a vocation in mind, and each one has a  job. My goodness, what do you suppose they did differently from those kids causing so much havoc with OWS who have tons of debt and can’t find jobs?  It wasn’t because they are advantaged, they weren’t advantaged by having wealthy parents or grandparents.

Clue: It has a lot to do with believing in the American dream, a work ethic, and taking lots of math.  





9 thoughts on “Delayed gratification and math

  1. How smart of you to have planned ahead for your grands education. When you hear of the staggering student loans have, it makes you wonder how they will every pay them off. I believe Obama recently said he and Michelle paid theirs off not that long ago.


  2. Both of my kids put themselves through college and grad studies. They did this with scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time jobs. We are so proud of them. After we got our reverse mortgage money, we gave them $15,000 in cash. That’s not much, but it helped. And when we give one kid money, we give an equal amount to the other, just to be fair.


    • We have also tried to be fair with money gifts. Don’t want the youngest kid to suffer from a dearth of funds. Connie’s girls have not been eligible for loans. They also have not received Pell grants or other income from school. All their funds came from the family (scrape, scrape) or their own earnings from work.


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