Send Your Kids to College, Keep Your Money at Home
WHAT I’M THANKFUL FOR
About this time every year, I begin to get nostalgic for the Thanksgiving road trips of my youth. When I was young, my parents would take my brother and me to Pittsburg, Kansas, to visit our great-grandparents. Cruising along the Indian Mission Turnpike in our Chrysler New Yorker Brougham, even the drive was memorable. I miss that old boat of a car and its eight-track player. We always stopped at this restaurant called “The Gateway Diner.” The dining area itself straddled the turnpike, so you could eat your burger and watch the cars and trucks pass beneath you. After fueling up on some classic American grub, we got back in the car and settled in for the rest of the journey, listening to my dad’s three eight-track tapes over and over again. Cycling through Roger Whittaker, Frank Sinatra, and a Moog synthesizer mix a dozen times, we eventually made it to our great- grandparents’ house along with the rest of our relatives. The home itself was rustic, like something out of “This American Life,” with a peach tree in the yard and their wraparound porch that was larger than the house itself. The small size was actually a blessing since the old building had no central air and had to be warmed with a gas heater. “Huddled together around the dinner table with loved ones, with the bitter cold of Kansas in late fall outside, it was easy to feel the sense of gratitude and togetherness that Thanksgiving is all about.” Huddled together around the dinner table with loved ones, with the bitter cold of Kansas in late fall outside, it was easy to feel the sense of gratitude and togetherness that Thanksgiving is all about. In my opinion, thankfulness is one of the greatest human emotions — one we should strive to feel year-round. Still, having a day to come together and celebrate what we’re grateful for certainly doesn’t hurt. Now that I have a family of my own, I find that we have about three
Thanksgivings every year. Taking the time to see both sides of the family means we eat plenty of turkey every November, but I don’t mind. It’s great to celebrate your familial connections, including your work family. That’s why we have our own feast at the office on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite traditions at The College Money Guys, and if you have never attended, please stop by! We get started around noon and always have plenty of food. Andrea’s empanadas are always a big hit, and I always bring in my own handmade tamales. Our rule is the more the merrier, so if you’re not too caught up in your own Thanksgiving planning that Wednesday, we’d love it if you dropped by! After all, this time of year is all about thanking the meaningful people in our lives. In my mind, that sort of gratitude definitely extends to the families we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. You’ve trusted us to help you with the monumental task of financing your child’s future, and the gravity of that trust isn’t lost on my team and me. It may be a small gesture, but we’d be honored to break bread with you, catch up, and give thanks. Of course, it’s a busy time of year, and we understand if you can’t make it. Either way, we’ll be raising a toast to you this Thanksgiving. It always blows me away that I’m privileged enough to have a job helping young people reach their dreams. That would not be possible without you.
–Bra nnon Lloyd
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