Friday, October 15, 2010

Doctor's Husband

Big Kid is a saver, not a spender. He hoards every dollar, putting it in his money pouch, counting after every addition. He's got about $75 right now.

"What are you saving for?" I always ask. He never has an answer.

But the other day he asked me, "Do you know why I save all of my money?"


"For college," he said with a sweet, shy smile.

"College?!? Wow! What a good boy you are. Daddy and I put money aside every month so you can go to college, though. We're going to try to pay for that for you."

"Yeah but college is expensive, mom. I can't let you pay for the whole thing!"

"That's seriously like the sweetest thing I've ever heard, but you can spend your money on something nice if you want! We'll handle college, really."

"Well then, I'm saving it to buy myself something nice when I'm in college. Just in case."

Knowing Big Kid, he'll probably be driving a Bentley by the time he's in college.

And I'll wish I'd let him pay for college himself.

Poor guy has a sensitive stomach (a sensitive everything, really) and was cringing and pale the other day when I was telling little kid the story of how I got stitches when I was a little girl.

"MOM!! I never want to hear you say the word 'stitches' ever again. I can't handle it. I just wanna barf right now."

"Big Kid, you better marry a girl with a strong stomach or you're going to have a hard time when you're a daddy. Hey, you should marry a doctor! That would be great, then you could trust her to take care of you and your children's health and she could deal with sick and yucky stuff."

He thought about that from the back seat. "Yeah," he said hesitantly, "How would that work though?"

"What do you mean?"

"Will my wife already have a job when I marry her? Can you just marry a doctor or do I meet a girl and hope she wants to be a doctor? Do you get married before college? Does everyone's parents pay for college?"

I could almost see him calculating the student loan costs of a medical degree in his 7 year old head.

"You get married after college, after you have a job and when she's already a doctor."

"Good idea. I'm gonna do that."


Bren said...

What a little planner! A 7 year old already knowing college is expensive and saving for it! Wish I had realized that at 7 - would have saved me years of student load repayment!

nova said...

I wish I used to hoard money instead of candy. *sigh* Life might have been a whole lot different.

Drew's Mom said...

Haha.. he cracks me up! Can't believe he's already planning on the expense of college.. wow. Good luck with the doctor thing, if she happens to have a doctor sister, please send her my way for my little guy =)

Jennifer said...

Big Kid is totally more responsible than me.

Ellie Di said...

That made me tear up a little bit! He's so much more responsible than most of the grownups I know.

Mommy Wishdom said...

I love Big Kid!!

Christine said...

LOL! Tell Big Kid marrying her when she's already a doctor is definitely the way to go. We work so many crazy hours while in med school and in training that we're nearly impossible to find outside of the hospital. He'll need to find one that already has her med school loans paid off though. My parents paid for me (yes, I'm very lucky) but most of my med school friends will be paying it of for the next 15 years or so.