The Zoey Blog: The best laid schemes... FINAL - COVER UNIVERSE EXPLORERS ORDER

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The best laid schemes...

So if we set the time frame at ten years we should be good to go. If we save $1,000 a year…each of us, both June and I, that should be $20,000. That should make for a decent road stake. The plan? Take leaves from work. Take Zoey out of school. See the world.

It will be 2021, Zo will be twelve years old, and on the verge of loathing us. She’ll be preparing to start the seventh grade, the perfect time to jam pack her perspective with awesomeness and then get her back to her friends and the routine of public education just before her 8th grade year and high school. She would be almost the exact age as our niece, Avery, is now. Tell Avery that she can jump on an airplane and study on the beaches of the world and still get back in time for her 8th grade basketball season and she’d step on your face getting to the plane. I think Zed would approve of the plan.

I suppose the task begins of deciding where we would go, what we would do…how we would do it. Would be live and work in each country for a short period of time, then move on? Would we live on a boat? Would we fly some, drive some, and float some? It’s a ridiculous thing to plan but can you imagine a better distraction?

Africa makes the list. Japan, naturally, is on the list. What else? There are endless options. I suppose we all get some input. It makes sense that everyone gets a say in what places we choose to enlighten ourselves with, but how do you narrow it down?

The plan is partly a chance to see the world and partly let’s help steer our daughter into almost-adulthood with some unfathomable perspective. Kids are capable of a lot, and I want to be sure that she’s got herself an education long before she gets down the nitty gritty of paying for one. I want her to achieve all of things that she is capable of and to help her do that we might best invest in helping her figure out just exactly what she is capable of.

I'm guessing it won't be this simple, will it? Or maybe it is. Either way, I'm eager to find out.


Blogger Elizabeth said...

Great idea, but I'm thinking you'll need more than $20,000 to do it for an entire year. In any case, you need to make it happen.

May 4, 2011 at 8:28 PM  

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