Now all chamoodi (our son) has to do is get into Harvard. No pressure.
It's no secret that university educations are overpriced. And I've even opened up a college savings plan to help cope with the cost.
But I've recently realized that I'm fooling myself. There's an entire industry devoted to ensuring that my child gets a college education. It's good to be prepared--and to take advantage of every bit of help available--but college isn't the problem.
You want something to keep you up at night? Think about the cost of 12+ years of day school.
Abba is convinced that day schools provide substantial scholarships so that all eligible students can attend. But Abba went to Ramaz--which is flush in Upper East Side money and alumni support--and I am not sure that we can count on such largess from our local school.
At best, our financial life will be scrutinized by a committee of our peers, and our decisions to (gasp!) buy a car or go on a vacation put under a microscope. Humiliating.
Lots of ideas have been floated--from a community superfund to homeschooling to charter schools--but so far none have made a real difference. And still, day school looms.
So how will we do it? Some serious sacrifices, no doubt. And for 2, 3 or even 4 children? God only knows.
Hey, at least our rent is controlled.