I suppose this is a financial win and a testament to just how much my self control and decision making has come, but I have to admit that it still makes me a little sad. As I mentioned a week or so ago, we took a quick weekend trip up to DC for the VA Boys Gymnastics State meet. Well, I am super proud to report that in almost every event Little Gymnast did one of the best routines I have seen him do AND as a result of his scores, qualified for the regional meet.
Regionals are just a couple of weeks away and would require a longer trip to participate. Another meet fee, hotels, gas, food, etc. So I made the very hard call to stay on budget and not go this year. My reasoning….
- Stay on budget, stay on budget
- Debt payoff by July
- He’s only 9, he’ll have another chance
So we are not going, and I had to let him know this after it was announced at the gym that he made it, etc. I think it broke his heart a little bit. He works so hard at gymnastics and sacrifices so much. But this mom stayed strong despite a reasonable amount of backlash from his disappointment. (I think it was a good lesson to both of us in disappointment and appropriate ways to handle it.)
I know it’s the right decision financially. And I will tell you now, that if he makes it next year, even if I still have student loan debt, we are going. But I made a very hard choice and am proud of the financial implications it will have for us.