How Easy Was It Paying Your Kids’ School Fees?
Happy Resumption Week, Moms!!!
You know, growing up, this time of the year was sometimes emphasized on during my Pastor’s sermon. By ‘this time of the year’, I mean the resumption, school fees season. The period when parents have to churn out the cash needed to keep their children in school. The Pastor often encouraged the congregation keep the faith despite the ‘pressure’ of the season.
Then, I didn’t really get ‘it’. What really was the stress of the season? Okay, I guess that is one of the bliss of being a child. As in, as a child, all I knew was that without fail, at the beginning of every term, my parents would ‘produce’ my school fees. Mind you, it’s not that I was one of those little ones who thought money grew on trees. I knew my parents had to work really hard to make ‘things’ happen but I don’t think I ever fully grasped what exactly they had to go through. I don’t think I fully understood the sacrifice they made not just to pay four sets of fees in full but to also make sure we had ALL our books and decent uniforms, socks, shoes, etc. Yes, if we had to buy another uniform/sock ‘too soon’, we would buy another uniform ‘too soon’ rather than turn up with ‘holes’ in them.
However, X years later, I totally get ‘it’. As in, as the resumption date gets closer, I absolutely get ‘it’. There is that pressure that the average parent is likely to struggle with. This is especially so if they are dealing with 2, 3, 4 children and invariably, fees which run into thousands of thousands or even millions in some cases.
Really, how we do it as parents is one thing I do not know. On the other hand, what I do know is that whenever I get that all-important receipt in exchange for payment made, I breathe a huge sigh of relief. I most definitely do not take ‘it’ for granted.
Come on, there are people who have to ‘borrow’ to keep their children in school. Now, for those who think ‘borrowing’ is bad, what about those who don’t even have people to ‘borrow’ from? That’s right! It’s that tough and that sad for some families.
I could go on but let me round up at this juncture. Bottom line, I believe we parents have been served with a huge responsibility when it comes to school fees and being able to meet up is definitely not something we should take for granted. We have every reason to be grateful for provision even as we also pray that the monetary effort we put towards our children’s educational development will not be in vain. Yes, after sowing this much, we pray that we reap bountiful, beautiful fruits in return,
As for those still struggling to meet up, my prayer is that ‘provision’ will come sooner than you imagine possible.
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