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Old 04-10-2014, 10:22 AM   #51
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Live long enough to be a burden to your children...I plan to.
You say that now most likely tongue in cheek. Tomorrow or the day after, it may not be so funny.



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Old 04-10-2014, 10:35 AM   #52
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Go for it !
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Cant live on what ifs.
Sounds like someone's worried about there inheritance? Sorry...

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X2, that's what it sounds like to me. If we all worried about the "what ifs" in our lives we'd be afraid to do anything. You earned it and the it's none of the kid's business.
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:42 AM   #53
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X2, that's what it sounds like to me. If we all worried about the "what ifs" in our lives we'd be afraid to do anything. You earned it and the it's none of the kid's business.
I'd reconsider that viewpoint. You might need your kids one day. If you've been a selfish inconsiderate parent, you might have raised selfish inconsiderate kids. Doesn't sound like the kind of people I'd want making decisions about where to put me should I not be able to take care of myself one day.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:02 AM   #54
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I can see the kids side IF (and that is a big if) you are in your late 80's or 90's and have medical problems that need a doctors constant care.
Other than that thank them for their concern and go and enjoy this time of your life. We have had to slow our trips down to take care of my Father. But we still have planned 2 trips for a week each and a few with the grandchildren this summer.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:57 PM   #55
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I'd reconsider that viewpoint. You might need your kids one day. If you've been a selfish inconsiderate parent, you might have raised selfish inconsiderate kids. Doesn't sound like the kind of people I'd want making decisions about where to put me should I not be able to take care of myself one day.
If that were the case, I'd reconsider. I hope you weren't making assumptions.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:41 PM   #56
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Well, here we are waiting to take delivery on a new CC36 ckts, two of our adult children are happy for us and one is a downer.
They called last night and were questioning if we had thought this through. That this was a huge chunk of our retirement money. What if we get ill?

What do they care? I guess we should just get a pair of recliners and sit in front of the tv.
The funny thing was though that we are a little apprehensive ourselves now that we are ready to pay for it. But not enough to not do it!
We have wanted to do this for twenty years and have been looking seriously for 2 years. Wait till they hear we are thinking about selling our home and full timing it.
Heaven help you if you have even the slightest remark about their lives.
Without knowing the actual intent behind their behavior & other related factors we can only guess. If you have thought this through and there are no red flags go for it and have fun!
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:54 PM   #57
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I'd reconsider that viewpoint. You might need your kids one day. If you've been a selfish inconsiderate parent, you might have raised selfish inconsiderate kids. Doesn't sound like the kind of people I'd want making decisions about where to put me should I not be able to take care of myself one day.

Seriously? it's considered being "a selfish inconsiderate parent" to want to enjoy the fruits of your *own* labor over the years? Is it inconsiderate to want to ENJOY your after-raising-children years?

If so, then by golly I'm one helluva inconsiderate parent. I guess I'm just fortunate that OUR children don't see it that way. I have three grown sons, DH has two grown sons, and not ONE of them begrudged our choice to start early with our retirement plans to purchase an RV and travel.

We both have always put our kids first (one thing that immediately garnered my admiration for him) and "did the responsible and right thing".

If any of our sons had objected we'd have firmly reminded them that we worked HARD to support them emotionally and equally HARD to support them financially, and since we've always been so responsible, there's no reason to believe we're suffering from early senility. /snark So, we're DOING this with or without your approval. "If you behave yourself, you *might* get an invite to go along with us for a trip or two!" If not, we'll just ground you from the RV!
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:20 PM   #58
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Seriously? it's considered being "a selfish inconsiderate parent" to want to enjoy the fruits of your *own* labor over the years? Is it inconsiderate to want to ENJOY your after-raising-children years?

If so, then by golly I'm one helluva inconsiderate parent. I guess I'm just fortunate that OUR children don't see it that way. I have three grown sons, DH has two grown sons, and not ONE of them begrudged our choice to start early with our retirement plans to purchase an RV and travel.

We both have always put our kids first (one thing that immediately garnered my admiration for him) and "did the responsible and right thing".

If any of our sons had objected we'd have firmly reminded them that we worked HARD to support them emotionally and equally HARD to support them financially, and since we've always been so responsible, there's no reason to believe we're suffering from early senility. /snark So, we're DOING this with or without your approval. "If you behave yourself, you *might* get an invite to go along with us for a trip or two!" If not, we'll just ground you from the RV!
Man, you read my mind but I figured I'd keep it short and sweet. Well said. Now, on the flip side, if I pull my pants down at the MAC machine or argue with the hot dogs in the grocery store then my kid can intervene.
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At some point in all of our lives, we won't be able to do this sort of stuff. And when I get there, I don't want to look back at a life full of regrets.

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Well said... I had older gentleman tell me that same thing before. I am 46
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Seriously? it's considered being "a selfish inconsiderate parent" to want to enjoy the fruits of your *own* labor over the years? Is it inconsiderate to want to ENJOY your after-raising-children years?

If so, then by golly I'm one helluva inconsiderate parent. I guess I'm just fortunate that OUR children don't see it that way. I have three grown sons, DH has two grown sons, and not ONE of them begrudged our choice to start early with our retirement plans to purchase an RV and travel.

We both have always put our kids first (one thing that immediately garnered my admiration for him) and "did the responsible and right thing".

If any of our sons had objected we'd have firmly reminded them that we worked HARD to support them emotionally and equally HARD to support them financially, and since we've always been so responsible, there's no reason to believe we're suffering from early senility. /snark So, we're DOING this with or without your approval. "If you behave yourself, you *might* get an invite to go along with us for a trip or two!" If not, we'll just ground you from the RV!

And you and your family are a responsible loving family, my friend, some are not.
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