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sorry, but i gotta vent!!

Postby ranchwife » Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:48 am

good morning, all....for the rest of you anyway....things here not so good at this particular moment...hubby just went to pick up the 15 year old who WRECKED my car on the way to school....oh, she and the 17 year old foster daughter are okay (9 year old is home sick with an upper respiratory infection....hope to hell it's not whooping cough since that's making it's rounds in our state!!)......noone is hurt....states "i don't know what happened...i looked down and when i looked back up, i over corrected and we went off the road" Okay, here's my problem...i have had this car less than a year and she has already blown up the engine (by trying to make this car go over a mountain pass to fast), costing my 2 grand and now this...she says "it still runs, but, it's pretty banged up"....so much for traveling to work (125 miles away)tomorrow and paying the bills with that check....yes, i am thanking God right now for her being okay!! now, i just gotta make sure i don't kill her when she gets home!!! still owe $9000 on this car (she's a 1999 subaru outback...nice)....can't lay all the blame on her though....i trusted a 15 year old to drive while knowing she had a portable cd player in the car and knowing that she has a lead foot...guess i got noone else to look at but myself...not sure why i am writing this other than to vent..hubby will be home soon and guaranteed he's gonna be madder than me...guess it's time for her to get her own car with her own money (like i had to at her age) and take care of it, huh?? So sorry about the pity party i am on and taking it out on all of you!! Gonna go sit out on the porch and watch the sunrise over the madison range, be grateful that my daughter is not in an ambulance, lifeflight...or worse and smell the fresh air to clear my head and get my priorities back in line!! thank you all for simply listening...my next posting WILL be much better...PROMISE!!!

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Postby Big Muddy rancher » Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:59 am

Don't worry, what are friends for if not to be there when you need to vent. :cowboy:
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Postby Oldtimer » Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:19 am

kris- Been there- Done that......Even heard the exact same excuse from number two daughter when she wiped out a garbage can and parked car while totaling her own..... 2 daughters in a 5 year period wiped out 5 different vehicles-And after I found out they were OK I had the same wish to kill- began to agree with the old Chinese custom of saving only the boy babies......But they made it thru it- and I did too.........Knock on wood- the last daughter has not wrecked anything except my old fuel truck-- and a few more dents in it went unnoticed....

Son never wrecked a thing- never even had a speeding ticket--Only damage to his vehicles came when he was returning from college and a low flying Goose headoned his grill and when an occasional deer decided to commit suicide by running into the side of his vehicle....

I came to the conclusion that its easier to raise 10 boys than 1 girl....

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Postby Liberty Belle » Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:24 am

ranchwife - been there. Done that. Thank God they are all still alive, but everyone of the six kids we have has wrecked at least one outfit and some have had more than one wreck. Our daughter was no better at driving than her five brothers were. Put a teenager in any vehicle that will go over 70mph, give them an 80 mile round trip to school (some of it gravel) and a few distractions (friends, music, hunting) and they are going to wreck. It's a given. But if they live through it, they do mature into pretty good drivers... usually.

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Postby ranchwife » Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:26 am

BMR and Oldtimer.......here I sit with tears rolling down my face and you two decide to make me smile and laugh!!?? who do you think you are??? LOL!!!!! Thank you both so verrrrrry much and may your day be blessed with tons of laughter and sunshine today.....because you both made mine a whole lot brighter!!! PS.....Oldtimer, i have 4 boys and the 2 girls and i am beginning to agree with you on which is easier to raise...like my jesse says "with boys you only gotta worry about one pr*#@, and with girls you gotta worry about a million pr***"!!!!

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Postby ranchwife » Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:32 am

Liberty Belle wrote:ranchwife - been there. Done that. Thank God they are all still alive, but everyone of the six kids we have has wrecked at least one outfit and some have had more than one wreck. Our daughter was no better at driving than her five brothers were. Put a teenager in any vehicle that will go over 70mph, give them an 80 mile round trip to school (some of it gravel) and a few distractions (friends, music, hunting) and they are going to wreck. It's a given. But if they live through it, they do mature into pretty good drivers... usually.


80 MILES!!!! Holy smoke!! guess i should be grateful ours is only roughly 20miles and lots of folks who drive by the same time and can help out...anyway, the hubby just got home with the car and it does not look too bad....says she just ran it off the road, down the ditch and back up the embankment!!!! yes, the distractions play a big part....that and the typical teenage mentality of "it can't happen to me....I'm gonna live forever" and you got a recipe for trouble!!! thanks for the reminder, liberty!! have a super day!!!

kris

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Postby rancher » Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:58 am

This is rancher's wife. We made our kids drive the ugliest, beat up outfit we could find. It had a good motor in it, but the outside was something else. They never put a dent it in or wreaked it, so decided after they each drove it a couple years they could move on to nicer. Guess what, had the nice one a week and time to see the body shop. Hope you insurance paid for it, but then they just raise that to pay for the money they lost. :???:
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Postby Guest » Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:25 am

You need to be extremely grateul your kids were not hurt. one year ago today I burried my 18 yr old son. He had logged thousands of miles, no traffic fines, no bent finders. Comming home from church school with seat belts on and going the speed limit, a state trouper 1/2 mile behind him for miles, he went to sleep at the wheel. Don't give a damn about that sububran but would do anything to have my son back.

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Postby sw » Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:44 am

ranchwife,
also been there and done that, mine was the boy, girl never wrecked anything but things on the ranch. had to bury my best friend and my cousin when I was eighteen, just as was posted, things could be way worse than they are. Look at that beautiful sunrise I sent you, take a deep breath, thank God they are ok, THEN SMACK HER ALONG SIDE OF THE HEAD. Have a better rest of the day.

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Postby SASH » Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:46 am

one year ago today I burried my 18 yr old son.


I am very sorry for your loss. My 18 year old drives too fast and has had a couple of minor fender benders. His car, so the damage is his to pay for. I constantly worry about him on the icey roads up here but unfortunately I guess you have to let them fly on their own sometime.
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Postby Clarence » Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:01 am

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I am sure there are a lot on this board whose heart goes out for you. I am also sure there are many who can say they have experienced something similiar. A bad moment for you Ranchwife, but you can be thankful that no one was hurt. Don't blame youself, We take a risk of even when we get out of bed in the morning.

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Postby Faster horses » Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:04 am

Our daughter got her first vehicle for graduation. It was a 1976 GMC Jimmy. She loved that darn thing! She rounded it off on all four corners! Every time we turned around she had another 'incident' with it. She loaned it once to a girl with no drivers license and she side swiped another car! How's that for trouble!!

Anyway, we finally quit repairing it. She just had to drive it the way it was. Funny, the fender-benders stopped!!

I don't know what the answer is. Make them pay for their own insurance for sure. Work it out or whatever. That helps them be a little responsible. And do not forget to thank God every time they come home safe!!!


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