Life is sweet most of the time and I keep most problems at bay. If I need to lift my mood, I have many resources, mostly music. Sometimes my thoughts go astray, even while listening to the beloved blues. I start ruminating on the future and the worry of providing a college education for my girls. Tuition is going up all the time, making this goal challenging to be sure. I must think far ahead and find ways of setting aside some cash. The problem is how to make extra money. If I knew how, I would have done it by now. I have to get a little creative. I could sell some old blues albums to collectors which would be less taxing than getting a moonlighting job. I don’t see this as short term as two kids will require significant funding. There is more than tuition given the cost of student housing, books, extracurricular activities, and transportation.
I know that other parents cope and some resort to bank loans. But then you have the burden of debt weighing on your shoulders. It takes years to repay them. The students often take them out in their names and start their careers with a huge obligation. Forgiving these loans is a controversial issue right now. I sympathize for sure. I am pondering this seriously and considering a few other ways. I hate to see the old albums go but at least someone who loves the blues will own them. I have accumulated quite a few over the years and surely can spare a few.
I may have saturated my options so I welcome any other suggestions. I can call upon relatives, especially the grandparents. They are the ultimate source of wealth. They have money piled away for just such occasions. Why didn’t I think about this before? Will they be offended? They probably haven’t offered since the time is not yet drawing near. I sure would like to know now to stop the worry.
A friend was teasing me after he heard about my plight. He said, “why don’t you go out and get a metal detector to find gold.” Ha! While this was pretty funny, it actually wasn’t a bad idea. I would take the device to the beach or local park in the hopes of finding some dropped piece of jewelry like a wedding ring. I have heard stories about lucky breaks, so I read up on how to do it at https://www.findingafortune.net/how-to-detect-gold-with-a-metal-detector/. Gold is a common metal for adornment even though people don’t carry gold coins. They are hiding away for retirement in some bank vault.
Maybe a combination of all these methods of funding college will be best. My kids have offered to get summer jobs but I don’t expect them to make more than a little spending money. It all helps and I am grateful for their willingness to participate. I would rather do it myself of course. That’s why I am trying to plan ahead. So where do you buy that metal detector now?