Free vacation? No thanks.

May 23, 2013

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31392_1410644620864_5927121_nIn May we get to head to Maui compliments of Cheryl’s work. It’s a great trip and one we really look forward to. We try to bring the kids every other year. One, because it’s hella expensive to add them on and two, sometimes it’s nice for the two of us to get away sans the snotty brats children.

This year, for better or for worse, we decided to take the kids.

It made sense since it’s probably the last time the four of us will go on a family vacation together once Frankie leaves the nest in July and it’s also over Frankie’s 18th birthday.

What a way to celebrate adulthood!

We ran into a bit of a snag this week while planning our getaway. Frankie’s grades are in the toilet. He keeps hanging out in that “am I or am I not” going to graduate area so we put a time frame on it. Get your grades up to a B- or better, or don’t go. It’s a tough call, but as a parent there isn’t really a vacation in this world that’s worth NOT getting your diploma. It’s something we don’t even want to gamble with. So, he basically had over a week to come up with a plan with his teachers on how he was going to get his grades up to our satisfaction before we had to write the check for him to go to Hawaii.

The due date was yesterday.

He didn’t do it.


His response is that we should trust that he will get his grades up in time.

For those of you that have followed me on my numerous blogs know that the chances of this happening are slim to none. I’d like to be the parent that always thinks the best of their children, but we have been burned once too often by this young man and we aren’t willing to take his word for it and lose the money we invested because he can’t go on the trip.

Or even worse, risk his graduation.

Now he’s fuming mad we won’t let him go on a wing and a prayer and we are mad he was expecting the trip to be handed to him and wouldn’t put in the effort to go.

We’ve been down this road before and know it’s realistic he would sabotage the entire thing by purposely flunking just to have us waste the money. Don’t laugh, those are the kind of games he is capable of playing and one we want to avoid if at all possible. We had to find another way to at least give him another chance.

Our plan was to have him front the money for his expenses, paid in full, and leave the grades up to him. If he didn’t get them up by the time we left, we would keep the money so we wouldn’t have any loss. If his grades were where we expect them to me, the money would go safely back into his bank account. This way he was in control of his own of his own destiny and we didn’t have to gamble with something we have no control over.

It seemed like a great plan until he said no.

Let me repeat, he said no to a trip to Hawaii because he didn’t want to have to do his school work.

I guess if he doesn’t want to go there’s no reason to force the issue.

We decided to give him one more chance. He has two strikes, one more and that’s it.

We aren’t gonna beg.

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1 Bonnie March 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

Well, that’s quite a conundrum he has got himself into. I’m interested in the outcome :)

ps.. you can always take me :)

2 Sandi March 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

Bonnie- LOL! I wish I could take you! I don’t really like having to torment someone into going on a trip with the family. I just posted an update on the status of the trip. Check it out!

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