G-man spoke to his mom yesterday. You know...the check in kind of discussion....how is everything, what's new. Blah blah blah.
During this conversation, G-man mentioned our soon to be exciting Adventure in Braces. And Mom offered to help out with the cost! Well, G-man turned her down and said "oh, we got it."
See, I came up with a way to cover the cost of the braces, and it MAY run us less than originally quoted. I am not thrilled with the plan, but it really is the best plan over all. And because of this plan, G-man figured we didn't need any help.
Hello??? If Mom is OFFERING to help, and we know it won't financially hurt her, AND she largely ignores us the rest of the year, and then once in a while sends us some money to make up for her lack of involvement.....then why not let her? She also said "oh, I forgot to send you money for camp and summer clothes." She paid for camp ONCE in 7 years. And we have gotten the occasional check towards school clothes. It isn't a regular thing.
Anyway....we will see if anything shows up. I am not holding my breath. We are also inviting her to come and spend Christmas with us, which I am doubtful she will do....but we are inviting, the rest is up to her.
Meanwhile....did you see that I figured out the braces thing?
I don't talk about this much here....but Bossy has a trust with money it. It is from a settlement we got when he was injured at the hospital due to a nurse's negligence. He required 4 surgeries, a stay in the Pediatric ICU, and he was only 3 yrs old.
This trust has the stipulation that it is for HIS needs. We can't use it for general use (not that we would). But medical expenses certainly fall under the approved uses of the trust. We will speak to the orthodontist about paying the whole thing up front....and maybe getting a discount. We can withdraw the money and have the check made out directly to the orthodontist, so it is all on the up and up.
We have never taken money from his trust. But this is partly what it is there for. To pay for his needs. I feel somewhat guilty that we are doing this, but I also know that paying another $150 a month for several years will derail other things. I would rather take $5k (hoping they knock off about 20%), and just be done.
Now, if Mom wants to send something, and we can withdraw less, all the better. But of course, G-man told her no....so now it is up to her to either do what she wants, or honor what he said. Either way....we got it covered.
And now I can worry about Christmas in 5 months! *smile*