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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

One Down, Three or Four to Go

Today is OOS's last day of classes. Tomorrow, he graduates and gets his Masters degree.

This is good news, bad news, good news.

First, the first good news. OOS is finished with school (for now) after all these years. That is a great milestone and a worthy accomplishment. Mazal tov on a job well done. The bad news? After three summers in the U.S. to complete his degree, he and his mishpacha no longer have to spend their summers here. If we want to see them in the summers, we will have to go to Israel (actually, that's not such bad news after all). The second good news is that I'm done (as in DONE) with one kid's tuition, B'H.

(While OOS plans on getting a Phd sometime down the line, he knows the MoC family rule: Two degrees and you're on your own).

Yesterday afternoon I was calculating that over the past 21 years we probably spent (in notional dollars, not adjusted for inflation) close to $200,000 on his education alone. (It would have been more but he had a free ride for his last two years of college.) Yikes!

On the other hand, although there are still huge tuition bills in our future (especially if we are zoche to continue raising The Toddler), the light at the end of the tunnel is within sight.

There is some virtue in getting old.



  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger Shira Salamone said…

    Mazal tov to both your oldest son and the two of you!

    And best of luck with the other three or four.

    Yep, there's something to be said for gettin' old (quoth Ms. Dinosaur). :)


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